Bible+Theology

Series Introduction: Unsettling Questions

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 our next sermon series, Unsettling Questions, we will tackle some of the most pressing questions people face when living out or considering the Christian faith.

In the Bible, people with questions are not told to stifle them or pretend they don’t exist. In the case of Nathanael (John 1:43-51) and Thomas (John 20:24-29), we find Jesus welcoming and encouraging those with doubts or questions. For those who believe, the exhortation is to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have,” and always with “gentleness and respect” (I Peter 3:15).  We hope this series will do just that. Come join us – questions and all.

Here’s what we have to look forward to over the next several weeks:  

September 9– What does it mean to be human?
September 16 – Why should we believe in God?
September 23 – Why would a loving God allow so much suffering?
September 30 – Why is sex such a big deal?
October 7– Can the Bible be trusted?
October 14– Is Jesus really the only way? 

By tackling these questions thoughtfully and scripturally, it’s our hope that we’ll all take next steps in our spiritual growth and journeys of faith.

RESOURCES

We’ll be using this blog to dive deeper into a number of these topics, so be sure to subscribe to future posts by entering your email in the subscription box in the sidebar.

 

In addition, we recommend the following resources:

The Problem of God: Answering a Skeptics Challenges to Christianity by Mark Clark

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller

Lament for a Son by Nicolas Wolterstorff
This slim book is especially helpful for people who are in the midst of suffering

God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantiga
If you are wrestling with the intellectual side of the problem of evil, Plantiga might be a great next read for you.

www.reasonablefaith.org
If you’re not ready to dive into a book, Reasonable Faith is a website that offers videos, podcasts, and articles on a wide range of topics. This is a great resource for people looking for intelligent and articulate responses to difficult questions.

 


About the Author: Craig Gartland
Craig is Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Blackhawk and oversees Adult Ministries. He completed his Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and spent over two decades of his career in campus ministry. He is married to Sharon and they have four children. His passions include cycling, listening to jazz music, photography, and the writings of C.S. Lewis.