“If you can define it, you automatically have confined it as well.”

Randall Worley talks about having a “beginner’s mind,” faith while embracing mystery, pioneering and the nature of heresy, the limits of language, approaching scripture through love, and the importance of remaining curious while understanding that God is not insecure or defensive when we raise hard questions.

“If we are afraid of the answers we will never ask the hard questions.”

Quotes:

“If we are afraid of the answers we will never ask the hard questions.”

“If it’s causing you to love God more, love yourself more and love people more, it’s the truth.”

“Our hearts can understand far more than our minds will ever apprehend, much less comprehend.”

“God does not conceal anything from us but He does conceal it for us.”

“When mystery is taken out, the relationship is doomed.”

“It’s something I ask for often, ‘I want the beginner’s mind.

“Creation was God’s original language.”

“If you can define it, you automatically have confined it as well.”

 

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QUESTIONING MY ANSWERS
A Manifesto for Spiritual Searchers

 

Podcast intro and outro music by Wilde Assembly 

Randall Worley hosts interviews on his Instagram and I (Jason) was honored to have a conversation with him about the goodness of God, the mystery of faith, the sovereignty of God, and how we are navigating the murky waters of offense in these unprecedented times.

I also share about the heart behind why I wrote the book, God Is (Not) In Control / The Whole Story Is Better Than You Think

Randall Worley is an author, speaker, leadership consultant, and life coach. For 40 years he has traveled the world speaking in conferences, seminars, and schools inspiring his audiences to think progressively about the role of the kingdom of God in the world.

www.randallworley.com

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Jason Clark is a writer, speaker, and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.

2 Comments

  1. Tineke Ziemer

    There are so many wonderful quotes in here that I wrote down. These little nuggets are so encouraging to me.

    While I was listening, I had a thought about your comment, Jason, when you suggested that people in the Western church wonder why God would keep things a mystery and why did he hide himself. In that moment, I asked, yeah, why would a parent “hide themselves” from their child, or not reveal everything about themselves? But it was an easy answer, really. At least for me, I revealed more things about myself, my life, my past, my beliefs to my children as they got old enough and mature enough to grasp it. I mean, it really is a form of protection to not overload a child’s brain when they are young with content that they can’t possibly grasp. That would be setting them up for failure. I love my kids too much to give them information overload, especially on more sensitive topics that might hurt them in the process of understanding. I’ve always been quite open with my kids, but I have found it does take a level of maturity to know when to reveal more and when they are ready to hear it. I’d imagine God is even better at that than I am. His sensitivity to us is incredible, and even when he does reveal more, he does it in such a gentle way, as he did on the Road to Emmaus, not shocking them and giving them a heart attack to see his resurrected body, but teaching them first when they were calm and open. And later when their hearts were attune to him, they could recognize him now without fear. It’s a beautiful example of tender parenting.

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    • Jason Clark

      That’s beautiful Tineke. I think, when we see God through the lens of family, we are seeing clearly. I love your parenting insight on the Emmaus Road journey. Yes! I think God is a good parent who knows how best to communicate so we might truly see and set free, encouraged, empowered, and so on.

      Also, I love how you parent 🙂

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