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On the Edge of Ignorance


“Science works on the frontier between knowledge and ignorance. We’re not afraid to admit what we don’t know – there’s no shame in that. The only shame is to pretend that we have all the answers.”

-Neil deGrasse Tyson, on the stunning new series Cosmos

Any theologian worth her salt works on that frontier as well.


My blog practice during Lent is to Rest in the Words of Others. Interested in original content? I will be writing short reflections each week on my email list

A Gospel Full of Questions

Our sermon series at Tiny Church during Lent is called Living the Questions: Mysteries and Wonder in the Gospel of John. Here’s the description in our newsletter:

The gospels are full of questions—questions posed to Jesus and asked by him, questions answered, and many questions left hanging. In this series we will immerse ourselves in stories of Jesus from the gospel of John. Specifically we will look at the questions at the
heart of each of these stories and how they can lead us deeper into faith.

I was led to consider these questions by the texts themselves, but also by this scrap of a note I took at a church transformation training some years ago. I haven’t verified the statistics, but given Jesus’ often cryptic teachings, they seem plausible, yes?



In the gospels, Jesus was asked 183 questions.
He asked 307 questions.
He answered 3 questions directly.
That means: 487 unanswered questions.