#AskIt

The Parable of the Sower explains that one of the reasons why people do not accept the word of God is because they do not understand it.

Matthew 13:19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path.”

It seems to me that the work of the church should be to encourage understanding.

Of faith.

Of the Bible.

Of Christianity.

Of Jesus.

Which leads me to this question: How do you best learn?

If the church is going to focus on understanding, then we need to explore the question of how people learn. There are many different learning styles that can and should be engaged. One of the focuses of this blog will be on learning through questions.

Because let’s face it- with the Bible being written over a period of 1500 years by over 40 different authors in a part of the world that is different than our own- there are going to be questions.

This blog is dedicated to being a place where people can ask questions. No question is off limits. No question is dumb.

And here’s the great part about questions- the Christian faith offers over 2,000 years of people who have engaged with the deep questions of life. We don’t have to struggle to find the answers by ourselves. Instead, we can look to the many other Christians who have debated and discussed the same questions that we have today.

Each week on this blog we’ll tackle a different question about faith and the Bible. If you have a question that just popped into your mind, or a question that has been nagging at you for years: Ask It. Real growth in faith happens not when we stuff questions deep inside us, but when we express our actual feelings.

To get your question on the blog, you can either comment on this post or e-mail connection@palmaceia.org.

#AskIt

2 thoughts on “#AskIt

  1. Anna says:

    You announced this “blog” last week but I didn’t have the courage to speak up and ask my question. I guess that something we all have in common. Anyway, both of my parents are christian as well as my entire family. I was born and raised in the presbyterian church community. Whenever the subject of being gay comes up my family scoffs and rejects the idea of anyone like “them” being christian. Oh, by the way, I just happen to be one of “them”. I haves know for the past 3 years that I was gay but have never come out due to my fear of being rejected by not only my home family but as well as the church. I love my Lord with all of my heart but have found myself crying several times over the fact that everything I am is a sin. I have been rejected in the eyes of God and it breaks my heart. I pray and hope that he will forgive me for my “sin” but continue to be the way I am. What can I do to make the Lord accept me again? What about the church as well as family? I know this is supposed to be a “quiet” subject in the christian community but I’m so hopelessly lost and my faith is slowly dying. I need help but don’t know if I can turn to God to help. Please, Im begging for an answer and I have no where else to turn.

    1. dbonnema says:

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you for your question. I can tell that it is very hard to share your story- it takes a lot of courage. I wanted to say right off the bat that I’d like to talk with you more about your feelings of rejection and faith- but I don’t think the comments section of a blog will be the most helpful place. Therefore, please come by the church office or e-mail me at bonnema@palmaceia.org in order to talk more in-depth. That being said, I did want to make one quick comment- you say that “everything I am is a sin.” I know that it probably feels like that, but you are not a sin. You are a loved child of God. You are a person covered by grace. I do not believe you have been “rejected in the eyes of God” because God is always pursuing us in love and grace. Please find me after a service or schedule a time to meet to talk further about this important subject. In the meantime, I’ll be praying that you will feel the love of our great God surround you in this time of hurt. God bless. -David

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