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“I believe; help my unbelief!” — Mark 9:24
The Big Secret is that even the “strongest believer” has doubts.
We all doubt God sometimes, more than we want to admit.
Even the “best” of us.
We live with the tension of wanting to believe, but struck with the constant panic that faith is crazy.
So do I. I’m a full-time doubter. And I’m learning it’s okay. I’m learning it’s good to be skeptical, to ask questions, to challenge what we believe.
Let’s talk about it.
J.S. Park is a hospital chaplain, a chaplain for the homeless, former atheist/agnostic, sixth degree black belt, a recovered porn addict, intense introvert, suicide survivor, Korean-American, and loves Jesus.
Some duties of a hospital chaplain: grief counseling, attending every death and Code Blue, help with end-of-life decision-making, notifying family members of loved ones in the ER, and advocating for patients and families in crisis.
J.S. currently serves at a 1000+ bed hospital in Florida as well as a chaplain for the homeless at one of the largest nonprofit charities on the east coast.
In 2012, he gave away half his salary to fight human trafficking, a check for $10,000.
Matching contributions raised another $10k.
[Part of this story was in Eugene Cho’s book Overrated (pp. 164-165), and his blog here.]
J.S. has a B.A. in Psychology from USF and M.Div from SEBTS.
He likes Cuban food, cold brew, tomato juice, and old black and white noir movies. He has a German shepherd named Rosco, and is overly fond of C.S. Lewis.
He has two toenails growing out of one toe. Really.
J.S. does #typewritertherapy, typewritten quotes made on a Smith Corona.
This site is for doubters, questioners, strugglers. It’s for the honesty we all long for and the grace we all need.
However you believe, where ever you come from, both veterans and rookies to faith —
We have questions. Let’s work through the answers.
My constant prayer for you and me is Psalm 139:23-24 —
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”
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