That’s a pretty substantial goal, telling anyone how to deal with confusion, so maybe I better lay out some of the parameters. I am not promising to help you deal with every area of confusion you might be facing in your life. What I am promising, or at least hoping, is to help you deal with that sense of confusion you may encounter when you are reading Scripture. This is especially useful when you are reading the gospels but what we talk about today can be extended to virtually every area of Scripture so I hope you find it helpful.
In today’s sermons, which are both (each?) among the longest sermons I have preached in at least the last couple of years, I am working through my own confusion that arose when I took a fresh look at Luke 14:25-33. As I mention in the recordings, it is frequently helpful to try to approach a particular passage of Scripture with as few preconceptions as possible. It is impossible to jettison everything you know but you can at least try to put what you already know aside; it can be fascinating what you discover. What I discovered this Sunday is that I was confused. Jesus is asking a lot of us in these few verses and if we aren’t careful we can easily let our confusion take us to some places that are not at all helpful.
Knox Presbyterian I’m confused
St. Mark’s Presbyterian I’m confused