While we’re done with our Unsettling Questions series, it doesn’t mean we’re done wrestling with unsettling questions. Questions and doubt are a part of the christian life, and the last thing we want to do is hide them away or pretend they don’t exist. As Frederick Buechner once said, “Doubts are the ants in the… Read More Wrestling with Doubt: A Way Forward
In his sermon this past Sunday, Pastor Chris tackled another challenging question regarding the Christian faith: “Is Jesus the only way?” This question is made particularly challenging in the real-world context of cultural and religious pluralism. Chris reminded us there is a difference between the cultural pluralism we are called to embrace (Romans 12:18; Jeremiah… Read More Unsettling Questions: Is Jesus the only way?
As we continue this week in our Unsettling Questions teaching series, Charles Yu tackles the question, Can the Bible be Trusted? As Charles reminds us, trusting the Bible has two important aspects: Believing what is written in the Bible corresponds to historical reality – thus the importance of archeology. Trusting the Bible also implies relying… Read More Can the Bible be Trusted?
The term blind spot is used to describe that place in a person’s range of vision where they cannot see properly, even though they expect to be able to see. Many of us have had the experience of nearly crashing into someone as we’re switching lanes because the other car was in our… blind spot.… Read More Series Introduction: Blind Spots (the book of Amos)
Sex is a big deal in our culture. This is nothing new. As we work through some of life’s challenging questions in our current Unsettling Questions series, this week Pastor Chris tackles the question: Why is sex such a big deal? For some, talking about sex can feel awkward. For others, it’s a topic that… Read More Unsettling Questions: Why is sex such a big deal?
In our current series, Unsettling Questions, we’re working through a few of life’s difficult questions. This week Chris is tackling the question: Why would a loving God allow so much pain and suffering? As humans with a limited perspective, this is a very natural question. Most of us ask it at one point or another. The… Read More Why would a loving God allow so much suffering?
As a part of the Unsettling Questions series, Pastor Chris tackles perhaps the greatest and most fundamental unsettling question regarding our faith: “Does God exist?” Though philosophical arguments on this topic are never “airtight” or “conclusively demonstrable” (on either side of the argument), there are good arguments that lean toward the reasonableness of belief in… Read More Does God exist?
At Blackhawk Church, we try not to shy away from difficult questions.These questions can become barriers that prevent us from taking next steps in our faith walk. Wrestling with challenging or unsettling questions can be hard, but this process often helps us grow in our faith – wherever we are on our faith journey. In… Read More Series Introduction: Unsettling Questions
We just finished up three weeks focusing on how to grow in our walk with Jesus through the series, Heart Head Hands: Pathways to Spiritual Growth. As part of that series, we asked everyone to consider how they can use the gifts God’s given us– both at Blackhawk and in the community at large. Maybe… Read More Wired to Serve
As a young boy, I received a Christmas gift I’ll never forget. I was given an electronic keyboard. I am sure my parents were hopeful that this gift would turn into a love of music, but that isn’t how it turned out. I remember this gift not because it was the beginning of a fantastic… Read More 4 Tools to Help You Understand Scripture