Questions of Faith: Encountering Christ at the Point of Doubt and Confusion

Questions of Faith: Encountering Christ at the Point of Doubt and Confusion

by Thomas A Robinson


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Drawing from an extensive personal journal that the author, Thomas A. Robinson, has maintained for the past 30 years, Robinson provides a collection of reflections that flow from "questions of faith." Three-quarters of the reflections spring from questions found in Holy Scripture, one-quarter from questions Robinson encountered on the tongues of loved ones. It is Robinson's belief that if the reader examines his or her own journey of faith, he or she will see that questions--and the forthcoming answers--have become an important part of the believer's framework of faith. Robinson notes that most of us are "an admixture of faith and doubt, a blend of absolute assurance and utter confusion." Robinson offers that it is within one's questions faith that Christ is encountered, for Christ seeks us out long before we ever seek Him.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732407701
Publisher: Mazarin Press
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Thomas A. Robinson received his B.A., cum laude, in both Economics and History in 1973 from Wake Forest University, his J.D. in 1976, from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor, Wake Forest Law Review, and his M.Div. in 1989, from Duke University Divinity School. From 1976 to 1986, Tom was in private law practice, focusing on workers' compensation defense work. In 1986, he and his family moved to Durham, N.C., in order that he could matriculate at Duke Divinity School. Intending to stay in Durham for three years and then return to Western North Carolina, Tom and Jane have lived in the Bull City now for 32 years (and counting).

For the past 30 years, Tom has attempted a delicate balancing act - mixing an active professional "secular" life with the sacred. A nationally-recognized legal scholar and writer in the field of occupational injuries and illnesses, Robinson is co-author of Larson's Workers' Compensation Law, the preeminent legal treatise on the subject. For many years, he also handled copyright and publication matters for Duke University School of Law, Duke University Press, and the American Institute of CPAs.

Since graduating from Duke Divinity School, Tom has carved out significant time for the sacred, first as a part-time local pastor at Asbury UMC (Durham, NC, 1987-1993), then as pastor/teacher for the Riverside Gathering (a post-denominational congregation without walls, centered in Durham, NC, 1993 to the present), and as an *"ex officio"* preaching/teaching resource at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church (Durham, NC, 2002 to the present).

Known by friends as a master of the poignant tale, Robinson has rarely met a story that he didn't love.

Table of Contents



  1. Questions Anyone, Anyone?

  2. Name-Calling

  3. Goin’ to the Holy Land

  4. Sioux City Christmas

  5. Begrudging Generosity

  6. A Few Harsh Words

  7. Love is a Verb!

  8. It’s All in the Voice

  9. The Bread Line

  10. The Sunday Buffet

  11. It’s Lunch Time!

  12. A Favorable Time

  13. Mary, Mary — Not Contrary

  14. The Fish that Got Sick to its Stomach

  15. Centering Prayer

  16. Seeing as God Sees

  17. Sojourners

  18. Death's Defeat!

  19. Knitting Lessons

  20. The Issue of Abortion -- How Things "Really Are"

  21. Dead Man Talking: Maundy Thursday and the 11th Commandment

  22. The Good Friday Tree

  23. The Power of Love

  24. Ebb Tide

  25. Cheers fom the Sidelines

  26. Little Big Man: Zacchaeus' Child-Like Exuberance

  27. Prom Night

  28. The Lion and the Hen

  29. Mary, Darlin', How Does Your Garden Grow?

  30. Simeon's story

  31. The Prophet Peggy

  32. Waiting for the Lord

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