Picking up a thought from yesterday’s bloggage got me wondering whether we ask the wrong questions and then are surprised and disappointed at the answers we get. Yesterday one of the questions that I suggested is thrown up by the apostle Paul pleading in vain for God to take away the “thorn in his flesh”…
This morning I was at a local school taking a lesson on ‘how did we get the Bible?’ At the end of the lesson I asked if the children (aged 9-10) had any questions. And wow, didn’t they have a lot of questions?! They started with questions about the subject and then covered all sorts…
the minimum age
We put age limits on a number of different activities and behaviours in order to protect children and in recognition of their relative immaturity to cope with what are essentially adult activities. There is a minimum age, for example, for smoking, drinking alcoholic drinks, sex and even voting. there will be questions about whether the…
is God unreasonable?
Yesterday’s bloggage about difficult questions got me thinking about a question I got asked at a University interview. I was applying to study Law at Bristol University and had somehow been offered an interview. I travelled up on a coach in my new M&S suit without any idea what I was letting myself in for.…
What’s the most difficult question you’ve ever been asked? Perhaps it was a question in an examination that stretched your understanding and ability to (or beyond) breaking point. Maybe it was a question that tested your loyalty to someone else, or put you on the horns of a moral dilemma. It could be that it…
Why did they do it?
The reaction to the film ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ has been astonishing. It has been astonishing in its ferocity and in the violence and deaths that have been caused by those who have been offended. It has been astonishing because it is an obscure film that is apparently poorly made and has been dubbed after…
Don’t feel obliged to answer
The responses to yesterday’s minibloggage made me smile this morning. There weren’t any. I wonder whether that’s because nobody has ever been asked a good question or whether you al assumed it was a rhetorical question. The idea of rhetorical questions is fascinating, isn’t it? We use them as a device for engaging others into…
Just a quick question for you today, due to unforeseen circumstances: What’s the best question you have ever been asked? Be blessed, be a blessing.
questions, questions, questions
This morning I had an interesting experience that reminded me of something which happened in church when I was a teenager. (Yes I can remember that far back!) I was giving a talk to some primary school aged children and left it with an open question. The idea was that by doing this it would…
the cup of tea, the robotic dog and the precocious child
Christmas was brilliant. It was great sharing the Christmas Day service with my colleague Lynsey (taking a quick break from her maternity leave). We had a lovely day together as a family. And on Boxing Day we posted Sally’s relatives (Sheila, Norman, and Pat). We even managed to play a silly game during lunch. We all chose…