During our weekend services on June 22-23 we hosted Q&A sessions with Greg Boyd, our Senior Pastor, and Paul Eddy, our Teaching Pastor. We included all three services, so enjoy listening to ALL the answers.
If judgment is the opposite of Christ-like love, then what does Jesus’ righteous judgment look like?
In regards to Spiritual warfare, why does God allow Satan and the powers to reign on Earth? Why doesn’t he put a stop to their reign now?
When did dinosaurs roam this planet and how old is the Earth?
I know that there are verses in the New Testament that many believe teach that all expressions of homo-sexuality are sin. I’m a committed, Bible-believing Christian, but I personally don’t interpret these verses to rule out a faithful, monogamous homo-sexual relationship. I was made to feel I should leave my previous evangelical church for expressing this conviction. Am I welcome at Woodland Hills when I hold this view? Can there be a “one-flesh” reality or relationship between a homo-sexual couple?
How do you know God is real versus something created by people who are afraid of dying?
If Jesus reveals an enemy-loving, non-violent God, why does Jesus tell parables where God is violent? Like the parable of the master of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18?
Your emphasis on being willing to sacrifice to help others concerns me. Are there no circumstances where you’d be unwilling to risk dealing with someone who is unstable and dangerous? I struggle with my neighbor, who is crabby and uses drugs (which complicates things). How can we confront people peacefully, if they’re not so peaceful?
Q&A – Sunday 9am
We know that we’re not supposed to gossip and judge, however, sometimes we get sucked into it by our good friends. Could you please give examples of ideas on what to say to your friends to stop this behavior? Also, do you say the same things to Christians and non-Christians?
What is the condition of the dead, and the intermediate state, between death and resurrection? Are they conscious or asleep, and are they already separated into good and evil?
Most evangelical churches in MN seem to take a public stance against the legalization of same sex marriage but we didn’t hear a word about it at Woodland Hills? Why this; and what is Woodland’s stance on this new law?
Parenting seems to constantly involve judging the good and bad in our kids. How do we do this in a loving way?
I am in my mid-thirties and I don’t know if I’ll ever get married. While I’m grateful for the self-control I’ve developed, I sometimes cry when I think about the possibility of never having sex. I know we all have a cross to bear and I just have to take it one day at a time, but it’s never easy.
In light of the Kindred sermon series this spring, are we saying that Woodland Hills really is an Anabaptist church? If so, are we looking to make an official connection with an Anabaptist denomination?
What is the Biblical stance regarding mind-altering drugs? How does this apply to the use of legal prescription drugs versus illegal drugs?
Q&A – Sunday 11am
Why is the word “tithing” so taboo at Woodland Hills Church?
Please talk about the dangers of watching TV shows about mediums and psychics, such as the TV show “Long Island Medium”
If the Holy Spirit dwells in all believers, including pastors, then how is it that you can put 10 pastors in a room, ask a question, and get different answers? I would think that the Holy Spirit would reveal the answer to all of them.
Is it wrong to listen to music such as rock and roll music which seems to have great beats and guitar runs, but at times glorifies womanizing, drugs, and alcohol?
Rob Bell has recently stated in public that he now believes that homosexuality is a viable lifestyle for Christians. What is Woodland Hills’ perspective on this?
Is sexual sin the same as any other sin?
If the story of the snake in the Garden in Genesis 3 doesn’t need to be taken literally, what stops people from applying that same logic to the resurrection of Jesus? Why not say the resurrection is just a “literary framework”?
"Thank you all the way from Oregon. I deeply appreciate being shepherded by Pastor Greg and everyone else on the panels. You are a rare find in the church nowadays. Tackling tough questions with humility and a kingdom perspective. It has been life changing for me in such tumultuous times."