Last week I began the 2012 series with Entering Lent: “I Want” in Higher Education. As you may remember, Kent Annan’s “After Shock” saturated my 2011 Lenten reflection. With Kent’s recent visit to South Central PA and the deep chord which “I Want” struck not only with me, but also a number of the students with whom I watched it, I wondered if my 2012 reflections would largely draw from his earlier book “Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle” (InterVarsity Press, 2009). Although this may still occur, on Friday I began reading a new book.
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Kent Annan, during his recent After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken tour in South Central PA, played I Want on a number of campuses. I encourage you to take a few minutes to prayerfully consider and apply this piece.
One element that I needed to integrate quickly became clear because it was almost always the first question that came up: vocation.
I’ve found the reflections of the Eastern Orthodox scholar and First Things contributor a timely Lenten follow-up not only to “After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken” (Kent Annan. IVP. 2011), but also an extended discussion of “How Could A Good God Allow Suffering” (Chapter 2 of Tim Keller’s “The Reason for God: Belief in An Age of Skepticism.” Dutton/Penguin. 2008).
Do you find it hard or easy to discuss the big questions about God? Explain. Kent writes that his search is for “honest faith.” Do you ever encounter in yourself or in others something that seems like less-than-honest faith? How would you define “honest faith”? — From the Reading Group Guide for Kent Annan’s After […]