David Hayward, AKA the nakedpastor is a friend. So this review of Questions are the Answer: nakedpastor and the search for understanding will be biased by friendship. You have been forewarned.
David, as nakedpastor, is a cartoonist, writer and pop theologian. He would cop to cartoonist and writer. I describe him as a pop theologian. He cartoons about the inconsistencies of Christianity, sometimes topical, always poignant. He sometimes hits the headlines of the Christian world with a punch to the nose. Sometimes the Christian world punches back. The nakedpastor keeps cartooning. His friends have his six.
Questions are the Answer is a memoir of David’s search for freedom and spiritual independence. He does this personal anecdotes of his personal from the earliest of years to the present. The questions were always there. Sometimes they were closed, sometimes they swing, sometimes they are open. Sometimes David’s questions were not helpful to peace and tranquility of his chosen vocation. Just as Jesus’ questions were not palatable to the religious order of his day, at least one of the congregations he led misperceived his attempts at “facilitating authentic community…as a failure to lead” (pg 94).
Having left the vocation of pastor, David has created a community for those like himself. He facilitates authentic community among those who search the depths of the questions in their souls and inner being. Rather than seeking a definitive answer, this community encourages diversity, and the unanswered question. Or a continuing answer, which inevitably unearths more questions.
Read this book if you have questions, or you are living with doubt. If you’re certain of your answers, this might not be the best book to read. But still read it, especially if you want to understand one man’s search for understanding and spiritual maturity. You might not appreciate the conclusions. But don’t throw the first stone, unless you have it all figured out. Being honest, I venture to believe that you don’t have it figured out. I know I don’t. And I love living in the ?????QUESTIONS?????