2. Stanley points out that our story as Christians “resists any premature closure,” meaning that our story is not finished until we are all brought to completion and wholeness in God’s final re-creation (often associated with “the general resurrection” or the “end-times”). How comfortable are you with being part of an unfinished story? Are you a person who likes certainty, even at the cost of new possibilities, or are you a person who loves the potential of unexplored possibilities? How might Lent and Easter be an open door for you of walking into possibilities that you yourself have not already conceived?
3. It is traditionally accepted that the ways in which God appears to humanity as “actual” creates problems that make neat and tidy answers about God impossible. How does Jesus’ anger (turning over the tables in the Temple) square with 1 John’s claim that God is love? How is an all-powerful God susceptible to being killed on a cross? Why does the God who claims to care for all the nations also express caring for specific persons (the thief on the cross), even to the point of seeming to prefer one to another? Stanley refers to these problems as God being “too actual.” In your own life, where do you see God appearing in the “actuality,” the specific and practical aspects of your life? If you don’t, where would you like to see God being “actual”? Are you okay with God being actual and unknowable at the same time?