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April 3, 2017 “Came to Believe”

Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.
Paul Tillich

On the first Sunday after Easter, Pastor Tracy preached on the traditional text, the story of Doubting Thomas. However, she held Thomas’s doubts up to us as a positive model to emulate. She notes that all the players in the Easter story had their doubts, because doubt is the appropriate human response when confronted with something truly astonishing. Further, wrestling with doubt is essential to the process of faith formation. A “true believer” who claims to have never had doubts probably has a very shallow faith.