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Are we afraid of asking questions?

I find myself frequently writing about questions. In The Mockingbird Parables, I use Boo Radley as a metaphor for God (our divine mysterious neighbor) and point to the necessity of questions and curiosity to drive us toward God. Yesterday, I talked a little bit about wrestling with what it means to be a disciple. I believe we are defined (in many ways) by our idea of God.It is the great question in all of our lives. We should feel free to boldly pursue truths about God. I believe nothing should be sacred when it comes to asking questions about our faith. The most vibrant believers I know have one thing in common: they maintain a deep curiosity about the nature of God. The longer you follow the deeper and more profound that inquisitiveness becomes.

When I look around at the evangelical landscape, it seems that we are too often fearful of questioning. One of the reasons I really appreciate tomorrow’s guest for “Friday’s Five Good Answers”, award winning Podcaster and author Nick Fielder, is his clear honesty and boldness in pursuing the things about evangelical faith that do not make sense to him.

Several years ago, my students introduced me to Cha-Cha. In the middle of class, they began naming articles I had written, where I went to college, etc. We, of course, began to use Cha-Cha to learn about someone a lot more important to their education (William Shakespeare). But that moment led to this article that I wrote for Relevant Looking back on the piece from a distance, I can discern that I was truly thinking out loud about the direction of my own faith:

I would love to hear your thoughts. If you grew up in the church, did you find that your questions were nurtured and encouraged? If you have lived outside the confines of the church, how do you perceive Christian culture’s handling of the tough questions about God?

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