Seeking Faith, Finding God
Often we turn to the Bible looking for 'off the shelf' answers. When confusion and doubt crowd in, we open its pages hoping to find simple answers to our complex situations. ^^John Rackley challenges this view, exploring what it means...
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Often we turn to the Bible looking for 'off the shelf' answers. When confusion and doubt crowd in, we open its pages hoping to find simple answers to our complex situations.
^^John Rackley challenges this view, exploring what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, learning and following in his way. Rather than searching for easy answers, how can we develop a seeking and searching faith that ultimately strives to find God's heart of grace?
This book considers how we can develop a 'seeking and searching faith', rather than wanting 'off the shelf' answers.There are short Bible-based reflections, exploring what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.Looking askance at questions raised along the journey of faith, the material originally appeared in the author's "Baptist Times" column: "Rackley's Reflections".Published in conjunction with the "Baptist Times", it includes material for group discussion.It is suitable for those who enjoy writers such as Brennan Manning ("The Ragamuffin Gospel", "The Importance of Being Foolish"), John Bell, Philip Yancey, Frederick Buechner, and those looking for accessible ways into connecting faith to daily life, as well as readers of John's columns in the "Baptist Times" and listeners of Radio Two's "Wogan Show".It will particularly appeal to men but not exclusively.There are five sections of reflections, revised from the original column as published in the "Baptist Times". Each based around a short Bible passage, under the following headings: a yearning faith; a gospel place; gospel encounters; faith companions; and praying the gospel.
John Rackley has contributed to Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2's Wake up to Wogan for over 15 years. A regular ecumenical retreat leader, he has ministered for over 30 years in local Baptist churches and writes and speaks regularly on spirituality and pastoral issues. He is currently based at Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath and was President of Baptist Union 2003-4. He is the author of Seeking Faith - Finding God: Getting to grips with questions of faith.