Recently while preparing a message, I started wrestling with the question that the newly resurrected Christ asked of his disciples when he appeared to them in Jerusalem (Luke 24:37-39). “Why do you struggle with doubt?” What an excellent question for all followers of Jesus who, like me, still struggle with doubt even though we have experienced Christ and the power of the resurrection in our own lives.
Recently I had the opportunity to interview on video Rachel Held Evans, who spoke at our 2014 Change the World Conference. Our topic was the Rebel Jesus, which is also the title of my new Lenten study to be published for Lent 2015. Rachel is a young, self-described skeptic, creative and Jesus follower as well as an author, speaker and popular blogger with over 250,000 visits to her blog each month. She has been featured in interviews on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The Huffington Post and Oprah.com. Her first book, Evolving in Monkey Town: How A Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions (Zondervan, 2010), recounts the challenges of asking tough questions about Christianity in the context of the Bible Belt. At Change the World Rachel spoke about the difficulties of reaching and retaining millennials in today’s church.