“Connecting with God: Study” Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Rev. Sean Weston Matthew 22:34-39
Lyonsville Congregational UCC, Indian Head Park IL Romans 12:1-2
August 5, 2018
Brett Younger, pastor of the historic Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, NY tells the story of growing up in churches that “had all the answers.” “Heaven was up, hell was down, and we knew who was going in which direction. We reduced the mystery of the Unknowable God to Four Spiritual Laws that would fit on a post card and still leave room for “The Bible Says it. I believe it. That settles it.” We didn’t have room for questions, because we were certain of everything.”
He went to Baylor University. His plan was, “to straighten out the misguided freethinkers.” In his Introduction to Old Testament class, he read something in the textbook that questioned part of a story in the Bible. So he went to talk to the professor, saying that his textbook questioned the Bible and that wasn’t right.
The professor responded, “Brett, do you think that God might want us to ask questions about the Bible? Could it be that God wants us to work to believe? Maybe faith shouldn’t be easy.” As they spoke, he says, “I transferred my membership from the church of the certain to the church of the questioning.”  Continue reading