Faith Talks 2014
Wrestling with Doubt
For many devout Christians throughout history, doubt has been a normal and even necessary part of vibrant faith. And yet it’s easy to panic when doubts arise. We’ll look at the difference between healthy and unhealthy doubt, and explore three life-giving strategies for allowing our doubts to deepen our faith.
Speaker: Carolyn Arends
So much of my struggle has been with struggle itself, feeling like faith should be easier, that encountering God should be a walk in the garden, not ten rounds in the ring. I’ve always known I was supposed to be a God believer, a God follower, a God lover, even a God proclaimer. But I did not know I could be—should be—a God wrestler.
- Carolyn Arends, Wrestling With Angels
For more information about Carolyn Arends, visit her website carolynarends.com
Faith Talks 2014 Schedule
(All lecutres are FREE and open to the public)
Lecture 1 - WRESTLING WITH DOUBT: EXPECT SOME TURBULENCE
(Tues, Jan 21 - 11:30 am @ Ballyconnor Campus - Van Norman Centre)
When a pilot sees rough weather ahead, he announces the upcoming turbulence over the airplane loudspeaker. The warning allows passengers to prepare logistically (put their seatbelts on); it also assures them that the bumpy ride is not a sign they are going to crash, but rather an expected part of air travel. Many of the stories the Bible tells us seem to offer a similar announcement: There are turbulent patches in the Christian journey, but they don’t necessarily mean we’re about to crash. Doubts can push us forward rather than bring us down; it helps if we know what to expect.
Lecture 2 - WRESTLING WITH DOUBT: KEEP UP THE CONVERSATION
(Tues, Jan 21 - 7:30 pm @ Bayview Campus - Auditorium)
Prayer is amazing when we feel like we’re getting through. But it’s incredibly frustrating when it seems like we’re just hollering into the void. Maybe that’s why so much of Jesus’ teaching on prayer is about persistence: The times we least feel like praying are the times we need to the most. In this session we’ll explore how to stay engaged in our relationships with God—and with each other—even (especially!) under challenging conditions.
Lecture 3 - WRESTLING WITH DOUBT: STAY IN THE STORY
(Wed, Jan 22 - 11:45 am @ Ballyconnor Campus - Van Norman Centre)
Daniel Taylor has argued that the Christian faith is an invitation not in an argument, but into a story. What story is your life telling? What story is the Gospel telling? Every great story has obstacles; every great story needs a quest worthy of all the trouble it takes to overcome those obstacles. What is your quest? What is God’s?
If you have any questions, please contact George Sweetman - Dean of Students, University (firstname.lastname@example.org)