Was encouraged by Paul Edison-Swift to post this notice.
A team of Lutheran church cooperated to develop and test a Lenten series based on "the Questions of Jesus". Augsburg has now published this Biblically based booklet. There are devotions, prayers, historical, literary, & Lutheran reflections for this 47 day journey.
There is also a supporting website at www.QuestionsofJesus.com with resources for Lenten sermon series (mid week & Sundays), graphics, music ideas & lectionary suggestions. This devotional was written as a response to a challenge by Bishop Mark Hanson for someone to write about the questions of Christ,
The Bible is sometimes thought of as a place to find quick and easy answers. It is much more. Jesus shared many teachings (Sermon on the Mount, parables, prayer, lessons, and acts of loving-kindness). Jesus also taught by asking questions. He asked more than 300 questions in his ministry. Socrates maintained that “The unexamined life is not worth living”.
Jesus demonstrated that questions can lead us closer to God and one another. The Gospels reveal that his first words (as a young man in the temple) were questions to the elders. His final words (on the cross) included a question. Jesus often answered a question with another questions. He chose not to provide simple answers to the complex concerns. Questions can transform us as they help us reexamine our faith, our lives, our biases, and even our relationship with God and one another. Jesus invites us to open up and struggle. God gave us the gift of “thought.” We are challenged to use it. We also learn how to spiritually guide each other as we ponder “What would Jesus ask of us?”