October 4, 2010 | 09:52 am

Monday – Faithless

Churches throughout the world have geared their ministries to help people grow in faith. Any cursory review of a church’s activities shows that it offers an array of programs to foster this growth. But what about people who feel faithless? Where do they fit into the conversation about faith? It is no longer about learning additional information or taking the next step. It is about wrestling with whether faith is even possible. We in the church have not always been great at entertaining such thoughts, questioning, and doubt. I’m not sure why. Maybe we see it as a threat to what we believe, or perhaps we don’t like such uncomfortable conversation. As we think about what conversations about faith should look like, it may help us to remember that one of the controversial things about Jesus was that those who felt faithless were always part of the conversation about faith.