Well, yesterday we did something in church that was both scary and exciting, dangerous and confirming. Yesterday during both services, J.K. and I fielded theology/biblical questions in both services for one hour of our hour and fifteen minute service time. Of course, we had recieved over 100 questions on-line leading up to the first worship service of our year, but our tech guys made it possible to tweet, text, and e-mail during the services as well. The response was overwhelming. Imagine my ADD mind looking at three monitors, dozens of pages of notes, an open Bible, audience reaction, and conversation with J.K. - all at once. It was crazy. But we got to answer dozens of questions in both services. By the way, both services were remarkably different so we are trying to include resources available on our website (eastviewchurch.net) and in our bookstore. Questions ranged from "Will pets go to heaven?" to "What is Eastview's millenial stance?" Here are some thoughts and responses from yesterday:
"I had to go home and look up some words in the dictionary I've never heard before. This has shown me I need to study more."
"We should do this again." (Lord willing we will)
"I was tempted to text "Can God make a rock so big that even he can't big it up?" (jokers!)
"This was great."
"I wanted to hear your answer about "homosexuality" - (We did second service)
"I wanted to hear your response about divorce" - (first service)
I hope this exercise showed a couple of things about us here at Eastview: 1) We believe in the Word of God and trust it to have the answers for our lives. 2) We are not afraid to tackle the tough questions about life. 3) We are not afraid to try new things when it comes to preaching/teaching the word of God. 4) J.K. is really smart :-)