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Friday, September 13, 2013

Creating Questioners

A few years ago a pastor and I were working through an issue in the Scripture.  We had spent about an hour working through the issue looking at it from different sides of the issue.  It was a good conversation.  We did not end up at the same place but we had a great discussion.  At some point the pastor said to me, "You know Mike, we are struggling with questions that most people will never ask."  He was right.  He said that somewhat dismissively.  Meaning that at some level what we were struggling with was not important because most believers would not ask the question.  In that he was wrong.
What do we do to create people who question well?  Thoughts at DTTB.
From where I sit Ephesians 4:11 - 16 tells me that if the people whom I am helping do not start asking the questions that I ask, I am doing something wrong.  I am not suggesting that members of churches will present papers at the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting or the Society of Biblical Languages, but that does not mean that they should not be asking and dealing with deep issues in the Bible.  More importantly they should have a handle on how they would approach difficult issues Biblically.

As dads or those who invest in other's lives, we cannot anticipate all of the issues with which our kids or those whom God has given us to help will have to deal.  But we must equip them to ask the hard, deep questions.  We must equip them to deal with those questions Biblically.

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