June 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Memorial Presbyterian Church
803 E College Ave
Appleton, WI 54911
Greg Braatz

Rules of Engagement

  1. Don’t be overly focused on ending up with the right or wrong answer. In the end, you might not agree with everything (nor anything) the book and Nadia say, but we want to make sure people truly hear the questions and ideas just in case God has something new to say to you.

  2. Recognize that we all come to faith through different lens and not in a vacuum. The church has been wrestling with these type of questions for 2000 years and many traditions discuss faith in their own unique way. So take time to think about your background and how it might be shaping the filter you use to discuss faith.

  3. Make peace with the reality that good Christians can disagree on important matters. Very bright and very devout people have a vast range of orthodox opinions that don’t always align.


  • We will start each session with the question, “Share what parts of these chapters resonated for you and why.”

  • After that we may or may not discuss the listed questions. We may talk about all of them or we may talk about none of them.

June 13 – Chapters 5-8

  • Do you ever feel that the church becomes an opportunity to pretend everything is fine?

  • Rapture texts – Apocalyptic texts are not meant to be crystal balls. Nadia list a number of ways Matthew 24 could be read: end of times, field guide for Jesus return, learning to live with the state of unknowing.  Do you see how the first two play to our fears and the third accepts our fears?

  • When you were young, did you believe, like Nadia, that godliness meant following a list of prohibitions; no swearing, no lying, no listening to rock music, no sexual yearnings, no drinking alcohol and no snarky back talk? Has that rule-based messaging affected how you live and feel as an adult?  Is there such a thing as “godly living”?  Is the lifestyle and personality of the Christian the primary focus of faith?

  • Should we ring a bell for the murderer? Light a candle for the killer after tragedies? Why?  Why not? When do we go beyond our comfortability for the sake of the gospel?