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King Herod: Fear, Faith, and Doubt

Mark 6:14-29, NRSV


For many people, the opposite of faith is doubt. The goal, then, within this understanding, is to eliminate doubt. But faith and doubt aren’t opposites. Doubt is often a sign that your faith has a pulse, that you’re owning your path, engaged, thinking, feeling, that your heart is alive and well and exploring and searching. Faith and doubt aren’t opposites; they are, it turns out, excellent dance partners.

— Rob Bell

  • Portraits of different people:

  • King Herod
  • Indecision – not the same Herod as in birth of Jesus time (Mark’s mocking)
  • Perplexed, in doubt

  • Herodias
  • Vengeance – a grudge that kills one’s soul

  • John
  • Freedom – even though in chains, in prison

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