One of my great joys of each week is the opportunity you give me to answer your questions. Some of the questions are familiar, but others make me think a little harder.
This week I thought I might share with you some of the ways I go about trying to prepare answers to these questions.
For many of the answers, I draw down upon my previous training and theological reflection from over the years, sharing with you some of the insights that I received from older and wiser mentors and theologians.
Many of your questions based on the current sermon series allow me to inform you of some of the things I’d really wanted to include in the Bible talk, but didn’t have time to discuss.
But then there are the other questions that are really tricky.
My (not-very) secret tool is one that nearly all of you also share direct access to: Google.
When you ask me a tough question, then I’ll often put some key words into my search engine, and see what hits come up.
Then, depending on which websites seem to offer a solution, I’ll then click through and have a read of what has been suggested as the answer.
The risk in doing this is that the democratisation of the Internet enables people with all sorts of perspectives to come across with the perception of authority.
And even those whom I trust might still have a perspective on things that I don’t share.
But as I read their answers, I take the time to consider their arguments, and evaluate their conclusions.
As you look to find answers to your tricky questions, here are a bunch of handy websites that are usually pretty helpful, but as with everything, need to be carefully tested:
If in doubt, ask a trusted Christian what they think… and remember, you’ve always got the option to ask a question in church and hear my attempt to provide an answer… drawing down upon my research in all sorts of places!
This weekend we continue our series on ‘Romans: The Heart of Truth’, with Jodie speaking on the topic ‘The difference that real unity makes’ from Romans chapter 14 verses 1 to 23.
At our Saturday 5pm service will gave a special update about Bush Church Aid (BCA). Also during that service, we will have our popular weekly question and answer time, and Jodie will be answering these questions:
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer Sunday service.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards. Our youth group ‘Alive’ is taking a break for the holidays but returns next week. Or come along on Sunday at 8am for a Prayer Book service.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.