If your religion isn't as lively as you would like, with fixed ideas and little breathing room, you might have something in common with Jackson, who questioned the party line when he began to doubt some of his long-held beliefs. Learning the value of asking questions, Jackson awakened to a new understanding of faith, chronicling discoveries that offer hope to fellow sojourners.
In a walk down memory lane, Jackson grows up in the South and settles into a Baptist church which steers him toward a dogma-filled, no-questions-required Baptist university. Moving to California, he starts a mission church, graduates from Golden Gate Seminary in Berkeley, and ministers in, not one but, three Baptist churches.
His career in full swing, Jackson becomes depressed without understanding why. He resigns from the professional ministry and joins a small study group where he faces questions Christians rarely ask, like "Who was the historical Jesus?" He forsakes his Baptist air of superiority, drops his sinner label in favor of simply being human, and expands his world, having fun teaching English in middle school and helping refugees assimilate into our country.
His life is turned inside out on a shopping trip to FoodMaxx when Jackson experiences what he calls GodPresent. God disappears-not by leaving, but by coming so close the space between them was gone. Now, he has more questions than ever . . . and he's loving it.
With humor and as much honesty as you can stand, WHEN GOD DISAPPEARED explains how a fundamentalist evolved into a religious adventurer. In its pages, Jackson invites us to come along and explore our own questions of faith.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Opening Salvo
Chapter 2 No-Man's Land
Chapter 3 The Battle Heats Up
Chapter 4 Defenses are Breached
Chapter 5 The Scars to Prove It
Chapter 6 War, Real War
Chapter 7 Fitted for a Suit of Armor
Chapter 8 Boot Camp
Chapter 9 Maneuvers
Chapter 10 Back to Basic Training
Chapter 11 Maintaining Discipline
Chapter 12 Quiet Before the Storm
Chapter 13 Basic Training Ends
Chapter 14 Officer Candidate School
Chapter 15 Recruitment
Chapter 16 God Comes Through
Chapter 17 I Taste Divinity
Chapter 18 Wedding Bells
Chapter 19 Back to Training Camp
Chapter 20 With Officer's Stripes in View
Chapter 21 Battle Stations!
Chapter 22 Running in Place is Still Running
Chapter 23 The Great White Way
Chapter 24 The Tide of Battle Turns
Chapter 25 Incoming!
Chapter 26 Gettysburg
Chapter 27 Discipline in the Ranks
Chapter 28 New Tactics
Chapter 29 On Foreign Soil
Chapter 30 A Two-Way Street
Chapter 31 Enlarging the Field
Chapter 32 Inspecting the Troops
Chapter 33 A Serious Business
Chapter 34 Helping the Wounded
Chapter 35 The Spoils of Victory
Chapter 36 Conditions of Peace
Chapter 37 The End Game
Chapter 38 Mopping Up
Chapter 39 Before I Go
Chapter 40 The Sea of Uncertainty