When I worked at the Psychiatric Hospital as a chaplain, one of the things I would do as often as possible was a Spiritual Assessment: Basically to get a feel of someone, their faith, and how it may or may not support them.
One of the questions was “Do you feel hope?”
And more than once the answer I got was, “no, not really, maybe someday I will.”
i.e. I’m hoping for hope
To me, this is the essence of the Christian question….
When a father brings his son in Mark 9 to be healed, Jesus says he can only be healed by belief, and the father says “I believe, help my unbelief”
In PCUSA we have a great deal of rules and order. We have systemized theology so that we have a complete (well complete as humans get get) picture–we…