Open-ended questions to keep the conversation about God going – not killing it with the killer argument.

How can we know whether there is a God or not? On what basis do you know God exists or that he does not? What are the clues? (It is bad to come across that these are irrefutable proofs – there are reasons our minds are blinded so the word "clue" is probably better).

How did you come to believe in God? Move from content questions and being argumentative in "winning" to a journey concept. What was the path that you took to have the weight of all these rational clues convince you there is a God and you love him?

From where do you get your moral beliefs? Can we agree that torture for enjoyment sake is wrong? On what basis? What is the basis for human dignity?

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Key question: Are the blessings of the covenant conditional or unconditional?

Justine and dad at Okoboji.

Key question: Are the blessings of the covenant conditional or unconditional? YES!

In Jesus’ perfect life he earns the blessings of the covenant by keeping perfectly ALL it’s conditions. In Jesus’ death, he takes the curses of the covenant that I deserved for breaking its conditions.

Therefore, as a Christ follower, all the blessings of the covenant are unconditional to me!!! This is what Paul says in Galatians when Jesus was made a curse by becoming a curse for me by hanging on a tree that the promises to Abraham might be fulfilled.

— based on Tim Keller sermon in the car (not sure which one because I was driving and Siri was writing!)

If endurance produces character, what character are we achieving?

Blicks. Okoboji.

How does Christ’s kingdom come in? Is it “his turn to eat” with his disciples from the wells of lavishness on the backs of the people as it’s their turn to reign as kings?

No. If Christ’ kingdom is upside down with its values of self sacrifice vs selfish dictatorship, then the manner he ushers it in is also upside down – see Peter cutting off the ear of the soldier in the garden and Jesus rebuking Peter.

Christ takes down and is destroying the corrupt, broken, “right-side-up” nature of the kingdom of this world with these values deep in his character of the “upside-down” kingdom.

Guess what, his character is what you are being transformed into, and it is a train that has left the station according to Romans 8:29.

So, what will you look like? What are you becoming?

Answer: study how Christ responds and moves in the gospels. His amazing and beautiful character is what you are being made into! Listen as he speaks tenderly to outcasts, artfully addresses the power hungry, humbly tires himself out for others, perfectly counsels the hurting, etc. see Christ…