Pastor's Corner

23 May
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Mid-Week Challenge

Were there dinosaurs on the Ark? How did the sun “stand still” one day?  Where did Caine get his wife?  All of these are questions we asked in Sunday School as kids but we often found adults slow to answer.  Most often we were told to just take it on faith.  Children today are growing up in a world of technology so slow or faith only answers from adults just don’t cut it for them.  Instead of asking a teacher, children often go directly to Siri or Google to find answers.  It is not that their questions have changed but the source of their answers has.  The well-meaning adults who taught us might have caused you to grow up thinking that asking questions of the Bible was sinful.  Due to this you might have tried to force these hard questions to the back parts of your mind. Children today don’t have that option and nor should we continue to accept it for our own self.  Asking questions about your faith, science and hard topics in the Bible is not sinful, in fact, they are helpful in your personal spiritual grown.  Getting comfortable with questions was a theme shared by many speakers at “Jesus Rode a Dinosaur and Other Silly Tales,” a youth ministry conference aimed at talking to teenagers about science held earlier this month at Colonial Church of Edina outside Minneapolis. https://religionnews.com/2018/05/18/jesus-rode-a-dinosaur-conference-looks-at-what-churches-tell-teens-about-science/ 

At the conference, speakers addressed the “hard subjects” from the Bible and our modern times.  Answers ranged from traditional conservative to more modern approaches but the important thing is students were encouraged to ask.  Students are just as curious, if not more so, today than ever before.  As parents and student leaders in the church we should welcome their questions.  God is not scared of our questions and we should not be ashamed when we are honest about our doubts.  One of the best answers you can give when asked a hard question is “I don’t know.”  Not that you leave the subject it there, now you have the opportunity to discover the truth together.  Entering this exercise together with your child or student will not only help them but you too!  But don’t trust everything you read.  Make sure to align yourself with sources that will approach the topic the same way you do.  Websites like https://answersingenesis.org/ is a good place to start.  

Don’t expect your children to believe in something you do not.  Know what you believe and why.  There is too much at stake and there are too many resources available to not do our homework.  

 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:” Isaiah 1:18 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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