Christianity, depending on who you ask, is either a scourge on our society, narrow, delusive, and inevitably producing hatred and violence...or the foundation of some of the best elements of our culture and a continued source of hope, good in the world and help for those in need...
Are we talking about the same faith and church?
During the September-October teaching series on ‘The Questions Jesus Asks and Why?’ We will continue what we began this summer with different people from the congregation telling their story—their faith journey stories—what has shaped and formed them along the way. This has been very meaningful and helpful to many of us.
However, we’d like to continue this storytelling somewhat differently: ‘interview-style’ (in keeping with our ‘questions’ theme!) with each person being interviewed by another with a particular set of questions related to their work or vocation—their job. How have our vocations/jobs shaped our faith and vice versa and importantly how might they contribute to ‘the common good’ of our society? Jeremiah the prophet wrote centuries ago to the Jewish exiles in Babylon, to ‘seek the welfare of the city.’ So, how do our jobs contribute to that ‘welfare’ of this city we call Cranbrook? We will interview women and men, working and retired, to hear how they not only make a living but also attempt to make a difference.
"They own such deep convictions, always striving to impart,
But they never stop to ask us what is really on our heart.
They trample all our questions with their answers..."
From the poem, 'They Tell Us to Forgive' by Melany Thomae
Often Christ is thought of (sometimes by those of us who ought to know better!) as the one insistent in teaching us the right answers about religious answers to religious questions. However, Jesus taught not so much by 'exclamation points' as by questions often embedded in stories grounded in this life, not the next. He taught by asking questions and by taking our questions seriously. So, this teaching series will focus on some of the questions Jesus posed to the people that encountered him and why these questions still matter.
FBCC - SUNDAY TEACHING SCHEDULE
A reading guide for 'The Questions Jesus Asked' teaching series is provided for those who may wish to read and reflect more on some of these questions either individually or as a small group. You may download a PDF version here or you may pick up a hard copy in the foyer of the sanctuary.