Searching Questions: Ideas for five services based on provocative questions Jesus asked

Questions are powerful. Ronald Reagan may have won an election simply by asking, 'Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" Wendy's Hamburger chain may have propelled itself into major contention with giant McDonald's by asking a simple three-word question: "Where's the beef?"

And consider this: When Adam and Eve fell into sin, God responded not with charges, accusations, or pronouncements, but with questions ... one after another. Listen:

"Where are you?"
"Who told you that you were naked?"
"Have you eaten from the tree?"
"What is this you have done?

Question after question. When our Lord appeared on earth, he came proclaiming, teaching, and calling; but he also came asking questions. Sharp, incisive questions. Questions that challenge our whole view of life, or force us to make up our mind, or even stop us dead in our tracks. Questions that set us down and compel us to do some serious thinking.

Ken Koeman is a pastor at Sonlight Community Christian Reformed Church, Lynden, Washington. You can reach him at kkoeman@telecomplus.net