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To Spiritual Seekers, Doubters And Abandoners: We’ll Hold A Place For You
I stand with Jesus because I can find no other ground strong enough to hold the weight of my faith, my doubt or my hope.

But I’ve decided to stay put. Smack in the middle of the bell curve of the Christian faith. Neither fundamentalist nor progressive. Passionate, but not angry. Committed, but teachable.

I believe with all my heart that Jesus was and is God. That he died and rose again. That salvation is through his name. That the Bible is wholly true. And that Jesus is coming again.

To many of you, those beliefs may seem antiquated, unsophisticated and simplistic. To others, they may seem narrow and unbending. To some, they may trigger trauma from times when you heard others claim those beliefs only to live out something horribly foreign to the God of love they claimed to believe in.

But my belief has never been in people who claim to follow Jesus. Only in Christ himself.

My belief has never been in people who claim to follow Jesus. Only in Christ himself.

I stand with Jesus because I can find no other ground strong enough to hold the weight of my faith, my doubt or my hope.

My faith is lived within the church, but it doesn’t rest on the church.

Hopeful Reality #3: I’ll Be Here If You Need Someone

Seekers tend to embrace other seekers. Doubters, other doubters. That’s understandable.

But if, in your seeking or doubting, you need a soft place to land, you know where I’ll be. Right here. Ready to listen, sympathize, pray, hang out, and mourn with you.

And I’m hoping that, even as you explore, seek, question and doubt your own faith, knowing that I’m here, holding firm will help you orient yourself on your own journey.

Hopeful Reality #4: I’m Not Alone

Finally, I’m not the only person who believes and lives these truths as best I can. There are a lot of us.

Sure, we do it imperfectly. Everyone does everything imperfectly, I suppose. That’s not an excuse, that’s a recognition of our shared humanity.

But there are a lot of us who are sincere and honest about what we say we believe. Our imperfections aren’t lies. They’re part of our own seeking. Seeking to stay and live this faith as honestly, sincerely and helpfully as we can.

So, if you ever grow tired of seeking, wandering and doubting, you can always come back – or show up as a stranger for the first time.

We’ll be here.

Still believing. Still worshiping. Still making mistakes.

And still loving Jesus. Because he loves us – and you – more than any of us can imagine.

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August 14, 2019 at 9:09 AM

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