Recommendation: The Sacredness of Questioning Everything  

Posted by Adam

Every once in a while, I encounter a book that breathes life into me by the way it communicates profound truth. The interesting thing is that books like this almost always take me by surprise. Zondervan sent me David Dark's new book, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, with the request that I review it if I liked it. I had heard of Dark, but had never read anything by him. The title intrigued me, so I opened to the table of contents...which intrigued me all the more:

Table of Contents
1. Never What You Have In Mind--Questioning God
2. The Unbearable Lightness of Being Brainwashed--Questioning Religion
3. Everybody to the Limit--Questioning Our Offendedness
4. Spot the Pervert--Questioning our Passions
5. The Power of the Put-On--Questioning Media
6. The Word, The Line, The Way--Questioning Our Language
7. Survival of the Freshest--Questioning Interpretations
8. The Past Didn't Go Anywhere--Questioning History
9. We Do What We're Told--Questioning Governments
10. Sincerity As Far As The Eye Can See--Questioning the Future
End Note: That Means To Signal a World Without End

That was enough to get me to start reading immediately. Halfway through the first chapter I was hooked. Dark artfully articulates faith in the context of what Lesslie Newbigin calls "A Proper Confidence" that is not (cannot be) the equivalent of that recognizes our finite nature, our tendency to re-craft God in our own images and religion into self-justifying dogma. At times, he seems to be virtually channeling Kierkegaard in the context of 21st century Western culture. Dark offers us a thing of beauty, a life-giving breath of fresh air. His book invites us to take God a lot more seriously by taking ourselves a lot less seriously. Drawing from diverse voices (from Augustine and Aquinas to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to U2 and Arcade Fire) and various disciplines (Theology, Philosophy, Literature, Film, Music, etc.), he revives the Biblical tradition of an act of humility in the pursuit of truth. He calls for us to cut through the propaganda, and resist any "powers that be" that would seek to subvert or co-opt the Way of Jesus. He beckons us to journey down a path that is characterized by faith, hope, and love (rather than certainty).
Pick up this book. You won't be disappointed.

Just in case you wondered  

Posted by believingthomas

I was invited to join a facebook group a few minutes ago by someone that we used to "go to church with" in another city. She doesn't know that a few years ago we left the fold of The Lord's Church. So I was invited to attend a group called The Lord's Church For those of you not on facebook, I will copy the description I found (which was what I feared). The groups says,

Anyone is invited to join this group if you are a member of the church of Christ. Please tell everyone about this group.
I am going to try and keep up with different events concerning congregations, camps, singings, gospel meetings, lectureships, etc. Please post anything happening in your area.
I bring this up because in the discussion of how to move forward as Post-Restorationist's, many, many of the members of Churches of Christ still deeply feel and believe they are the only ones.

I find that these comments and what I perceive as arrogance and superiority are extremely offensive to me. Just wondering if others see much of this and how you deal with it?

Amen, Methodists. Thank you.  

Posted by Adam

Wow! Check out this new Ad campaign from the United Methodist Church. Seriously...Wow.

May more churches, including ours, catch this kind of vision.