Many people have big questions about life and faith, but we do not always have the opportunity to ask them. Sometimes, we might even feel that our questions are not welcome in church. At St. John’s, we invite curiosity and questioning. This summer’s sermon series will focus on big questions submitted by members of the congregation. The sermons are not definitive answers — many of the questions have none! — but they offer context, information, and a Lutheran theological perspective.

HEAVEN AND HELL

Part 1 (June 18): What do Lutherans teach about hell today?

Part 2 (July 9): Where do we go when we die, and how can we know? Will we be reunited with loved ones?

Part 3 (July 23): What do Lutherans teach about Judgment Day?

FAITH AND SCIENCE

Part 1 (August 6): Why did God devote so much time to the universe—almost 14 billion years—before humans appeared?

Part 2 (August 13): How can God know us completely if humans are simply a collection of biological impulses?

BELIEF AND THE MODERN WORLD

Part 1 (August 20): How do we hold onto our beliefs as the world changes around us?

Part 2 (September 3): How can we overcome our own unfaithfulness?