5 Quick Rules for Q Sunday

Robby Bradfordapologetics, Church life, First Assembly Community Ministries, outreach, Q Sunday, Question and Answer7 Comments

This Sunday, October 16, First Assembly will experience its fifth “Q Sunday”.  On this day, people submit questions via email, texting, and writing on cards.  I’ll be answering them to the best of my ability. The questions will cover a number of areas, but in general, they are questions about theology, Christian living, the Bible and the church.

If you plan to be there (and I can’t wait for this day!), please note the following  three guidelines as we toward that day.

  1. Q Sunday is not a forum for debate.  There’ll be no way to ask a secondary question, unfortunately.  (So when submitting your question, ask just one question.)
  2. Not everyone’s question will be addressed.  There will likely be hundreds of questions submitted, so we won’t be able to get to all of them.  This blog will be a way that I will address some of the questions.  This year, we’re incorporating a “speed round” where we’ll hope to knock a few more of them out.
  3. Q Sunday is not a forum for making a point.  If you feel strongly about an issue and just wish it could be addressed in church in some way, Q Sunday is not the place to raise that kind of issue.  We are looking for sincere questions, not hobby horses.
  4. The answers given are sometimes just the opinion of the pastor. We may not agree on all points.  The pastor is fallible! Some questions have no definitive answers, but approximations or guesses, and that’s OK.  Mystery is part of following Christ!
  5. I am not omniscient and may not have the right answer to all these questions.  I’ll let you know if I don’t really know.
I’m looking forward to this day!  If you’d like to contribute questions, you can do so by clicking here. By all means, BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU WHO HAS QUESTIONS.  You can also watch both services if you can’t make it to church that day, by watching online at 9 & 11 Sunday morning, (eastern time or -5 GMT) by clicking here.

7 Comments on “5 Quick Rules for Q Sunday”

  1. Jason

    I would like to submit any of these, if you would be interested in them:

    1. Should Christians support the death penalty, war, etc?

    2. Should the saying "sell everything and give to the poor" be taken literally, and if so, why don't we?

    3. How can we have real joy when we are aware that so many die without having been saved?

    4. How can we apply the NT model of citizenship (written to an audience under dictatorship) in a nation with representative gov't?

    5. Should the church make a distinction between civil (gov't sponsored) marriage and Christian marriage, especially keeping in mind how recent of an innovation the former is? And if so, how would this effect the current discussions about so-called "gay marriage"?

    6. What's the deal with Lamentations 5?

    7. I think that the "head covering" pericope in First Corinthians is the most out-of-place passage in the NT. Some explain it by saying that it's a cultural issue, but Paul seems to be clearly against that understanding: "This is the practice in *all* the churches" etc. What's your take on it?

    8. Is IVF, or more specifically the destruction of so many fertilized eggs in the IVF process, akin to abortion? And if not, why?

    9. What are the most important considerations in selecting a solid translation of the Scriptures?

    Peace to you always — Jason

  2. Jason

    Sadly I work Fri-Tues on my current bid. Tomorrow morning I'll be cleaning a machine so nasty, you would wonder how it's legal to make food on it. But I'm sure I'll catch the video if you post it. 😀

    What time do you do Bible study on Wed evening? We looked a few weeks back, but the website just said "Time: Evening" which, you know, is kind of vague 😉

    While I'm thinking about life groups – if I can make a serious suggestion – you should consider having someone organize and teach a class on the history of the bible – as in, the history of the Bible as a physical artifact (the manuscripts, textual families, early translations, formation of various canons, the actual methods of mss production through the various eras, etc). I've found that this is a topic which both answers TONS of ?'s and challenges directed towards Christians, but also a topic that most believers are woefully ignorant about. I think that a class like that could help believers better understand everything from the formation of canon to textual issues in various translations to silly claims like (my favorite) "the gospels weren't written until 400 years after Jesus' time." (Hint: explain the papyri mss). Just a thought!

    PS: Did you know that the oldest surviving copy of James' epistle is just an hour and a half drive from Lafayette? It's dated to 200ad, but Phillip Comfort (a leading paleographer) has argued very persuasively for a re-dating to about 175ad.

  3. Robby Bradford

    Jason–we meet at 6:30, as most everything at night begins at 6:30 here.

    You seem like the person who might make the kind of Bible origins class you mention in your last comment quite strong! Let's talk about it. I think it is a very strong idea.

    I didn't know that about the oldest copy of James. Really cool!

  4. Jason

    See, I don't think I would be engaging enough to make something like that interesting – I could write a mad curriculum, but my people skills are non-existent.

    But what do you think? I've always thought that a basic introduction to – let's call it "history of Bible transmission" – should be core-curriculum for adult Christians. Things like:

    – Formation of various canons (especially understanding how the two original Jewish canons are still reflected in Christian debates about the deuterocanonicals)

    – Understanding the actual methodology of manuscript production – especially the incredible cost and time involved in producing them. Everything from papyri to illuminated manuscripts to Gutenberg.

    – Understanding the history of translation – both English, but also important ancient (LXX, Vulgate, Peshita, etc)

    – Understanding the basic mechanics of textual criticism – what those footnotes in our Bibles really mean, and how to follow up on them. Knowing about important mss like Siniaticus, Vaticanus, Ephraimi Rescriptus.

    – The Paris Bible, obviously. I would consider it the moment we can first properly talk about "The Bible" as opposed to the more general term "The Scriptures." See here: https://sites.google.com/site/fiftyonebookcanon/news/editme-1

    Yes, the oldest surviving copy of James is located in Urbana, IL (just across the border) at the Spurlock museum. They actually own several of the Oxyrynchus papyri, as well as several medieval illuminated manuscript pages and some Jewish things (Torah scroll, etc). I think they also have a leaf from a Gutenberg. The James mss is P23. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papyrus_23 We've made a few trips out to see it. It's a lot of fun to read a mss that was being used in a Christian church in 175ad, no? Just wish they'd let me touch it 😉

    Peace to you always.

  5. Marcy

    If someone has completed groth track and is interested in joining a small group at First Assembly what steps should he or she take?

    1. admin

      You can look on our website under the tab “Ministries”, click on “Life Groups” and then click “Join A Life Group”. Then, you will see a list and go from there. If you’d like to ask more questions about the nature of each group, contact our Life Groups Coordinator, Fanesse Darling, at darling@firstag.org. Thanks for your interest and time in asking this question!

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