TOUGH QUESTIONS

Everyone has questions. We ask them everyday. My son came in the other day with this funny list of questions. Thought I’d share them with you and then add some that are a little more serious at the end.

  • When a cow laughs does milk come up its nose?
  • Why is abbreviation such a long word?
  • When you choke a smurf, what color does it turn?
  • What was the best thing before sliced bread?
  • Do you need a silencer if you are going to shoot a mime?
MORE QUESTIONS:

  • Why do I think I know who God gives His grace and mercy to?
  • Why do I sing if it’s not coming from the heart?
  • Why do I talk about holiness and purity, and then welcome the filth and immorality into my home through the television?
  • Why do I expect more from others than I do myself?
  • Why am I not reading my Bible regularly if it’s supposedly so important to me?
  • Why do I give if it’s only out of obligation?
  • Why do I live, talk and act one way on Sunday, and another way at work on Monday?
  • Why do I carry my cellular phone everywhere but can’t remember to take my Bible anywhere?
  • Why do I hold these $5 petty grudges and grievances against others when God has forgiven me of millions of dollars of moral debt (Matthew 18:21-35)?
  • Why aren’t I more excited about getting to heaven?
  • When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be; When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.” Why wait till then?!

What “why” question can you add?

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  1. lisa says:

    How about …
    Why can 2 people read the same Bible and interpret it differently?
    Why aren’t we more excited about bringing people to the Lord?
    Why do I act like Martha when I really want to be Mary?
    Why does my husband make fun of me when I call the driveway “the drive”? (is it really all that funny?)

  2. Tim Archer says:


    Why does “to make a long story short” usually precede a long story?
    Why do people say “call Bible things by Bible names” when the word “Bible” isn’t found in Scripture?

    Grace and peace,
    Tim

  3. Stoned-Campbell Disciple says:

    Trey I like the questions. Very helpful in framing some important issues in life.

    Shalom,
    Bobby Valentine

  4. Stachia says:

    Very good questions!!! I think I will print them off for the kids to read.
    On singing from the heart, we used to have a preacher at Quitaque who’s wife had the hightest pitched voice I have ever heard and she couldn’t carry a tune at all. But every Sunday she sang at the top of her lungs, so naturally at lunch at our house one day I asked her why she sang to bad.( I was only 6) Her answer was God gives us many gifts and she knew that singing was not one of hers but he said to sing with your heart and to rejoice and that’s what she did. Even at that age I understood and when my Mom died I made sure she sang in the choir, it couldn’t have sounded sweeter.
    Can’t wait to ask the kids these questions.
    Stach

  5. Trey Morgan says:

    Lisa … Love the “Mary & Martha” comment. Cool thought.

    Stachia … I can’t believe you’d do a preacher’s wife that way. ha. My dad sings like that. He will tell you he can’t carry a tune in a bucket. I don’t believe he can even FIND the bucket. But he always sings. Always.

  6. lisa says:

    My family has always been a bunch of singers — some are better than others, but we were always encouraged to use our voices in praise. I know I’m not that great of an alto (though much better than if I tried soprano), and sometimes I wish I could sing not quite as loudly, but whenever I try to sing a little quieter (both so I won’t kill the eardrums of the people in front of me and so I can hear other people better), I end up getting loud again anyway. In the end, I wish others would just sing louder (especially people like my husband and my husband’s friend who sits behind us who sing well but not very loudly), so that my voice wouldn’t stand out so much. Wouldn’t that be great??

    Here’s another “Why” question for ya …
    WHY can’t I make my comments short? Why am I one of those people Tim Archer was talking about who tries to make a long story short but never succeeds?

    By the way, Trey, in regards to Mary & Martha, I’m reading a good book right now that I’ll probably post a review to, or post some thoughts on later.

  7. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Why do the kids only like Cheerios in church and why do they not want saltines at home but they always try to snitch the stale communion crackers?

    Why can’t kids take communion if they understand the sacrifice that Jesus made but are not ready for the committment of baptism?

    Why does five minutes pass when James says, “Give me 30 seconds”?

    Why is it so difficult to type with a two year old on your lap?

    Kathy

  8. Anonymous says:

    Why is it people can argue about salvation and how to be saved and when asked what salvation is, they can’t tell you?

    Why is it easier to talk “theology” while passing by a flat tire, pregnant teen, the hungry, poor etc…? Probably the same reason it is easier to eat a donut than a carrot.

  9. Trey Morgan says:

    A couple of things stand out to me in ya’ll comments.

    First, Lisa … I like long comments. It means your thinking. I always wonder about those comments that simply say, “Nice Post.”

    Second, Kathy … I love your quote, “Why does five minutes pass when James says, “Give me 30 seconds”? Are you talking about when he preaches? ha ha

    Anomon … I love your quote, “Why is it easier to talk “theology” while passing by a flat tire, pregnant teen, the hungry, poor etc…? Probably the same reason it is easier to eat a donut than a carrot.” EXCELLENT or should I say “Nice Post!” ha

  10. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey,
    I am sure James will have a rebutal, but I was refering to the five times a day that he says that to his family while we are waiting on him as he ‘ministers’ (chats). The kids have even caught on and say, “We are going to be here a while.” James will never be accused of being unfriendly or short winded. I have noticed this as a personality trait in a lot of ministers. Unfortunately, I am not unfriendly or short winded either and the kids have learned to question:
    Why do we always have to be the last to leave every where we go?

    Another somewhat negative why question:
    Why do ministers base their religious decisions or acting on a ministry opportunity on whether it will get them fired?

    Feeling a little contensious today,
    Kathy

  11. Liz Moore says:

    Great thought provoking questions!

    Here is one more if I can get the wording to sound right…

    Why do we sometimes give our family the worst of us and strangers or acquaintances the best of us, when our family is whom we love the most?

  12. lisa says:

    Kathy, my brother & sister & I always said the same thing about our family being the last to leave the building after services (but we loved it! … usually). Recently, Nathan asked me why we stay so late (not always the last ones, though we were the other night). I smiled & felt like it was a compliment!! If you’re feeling a bit “snarky” today, rest assured we all have days like that. :)

    Anon — I know what you’re saying, and we all need to do more for the examples you mentioned. I hate that when I pass a man on the street who needs a ride I keep going. I feel I can’t put my kids at risk when you hear so many stories these days; but still I feel guilty about it. I think it’s good to get reminders such as yours that we all need to reach out to the hurting more often, rather than just discussing it. I pray I’ll take your comment to heart today, and find someone who needs Christ.

    Trey, my comments are usually long (as are my own posts), not so much because of doing a lot of thinking, but because I’m not very good at saying something in a concise way like others are. 😉

  13. Ancient Wanderer says:

    Why does the same mud dry ‘white’ on my black car and ‘black’ on my white car?

    Why is the dishwasher always full of clean dishes when I go to load it?

    How is it possible that ‘the best just got better’?

    Why do ‘liberated women’ insist on wearing two men’s last names?

    If you put hot soup in a thermos it comes out hot and if you put ice tea in the same thermos it comes out cold…. HOW DOES IT KNOW?

    How many elders does it take to change a light bulb?

    If there really is a God then why do we _______?

  14. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey et. al.
    I am not snarky today. I will be patient and know that my wife has to give you something to talk about. Ask her how many time I am waiting for her to leave?

    Why is it that I want to stay just 30 seconds and the other person needs 5 minutes?

    Lisa, as a pk, I too see it as a wonderful family trait to stay until everyone leaves. You don’t want to get Kathy started about the guy who locked up the building at our last church, even though I had a key and the security codes and the combination to the locks on the gates I had to leave.

    Trey, (or should I address this to someone else) Why does someone always eat that last cookie, even though I was planning to eat it as a late night snack?

    James

  15. elman says:

    Saturday, March 03, 2007
    I want to reason with God
    Please allow me to give the full verse of the chapter you mentioned

    Isaiah 1:18-20
    18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

    Yeah, the things that our eyes can see prove that there is a God who created them all and the hidden things of this world and the world to come as we are incapable of creating those things.

    God wants us to to reason with him, He even invited us. But how can we speak with Him? Do you want to reason with God? Or is it enough with you to know that… though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” but never really intended to know what God meant by this. There is a wisdom in this statement. He alone has the explanation the reason why he wants to reason with us. And of course, there are a lot of things to talk about! I myself have a lot of questions in mind, and so are you!

    Have you thought of how God communicates with us? Of course, not through angels because the bible has been made already.

    Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

    But, 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

    Let us avoid making up stories or fables. It is not profitable for the soul. Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

    I have a question and it goes like this, does God really sings? I do not know yet but I will wait for the answer same as I did and learned the answer to this question, “is there anything that God cannot do?” Of course if you are a critical thinker, more so, have a biblical way of thinking, you will find this question valid, as a diligent student of the Word of God.

    Why do you think the heavens are above us. It seems so near yet so far for we cannot touch it by our mere hands, but can just look at it and marvel of its beauty. That is one way to prove how Great God is:

    Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

    But He wants us to reason with Him! He wants our sins washed to the extent of leaving it spotless. Have you ask yourselves how He can do this? Is there a process of purifying oneself even we have been blemished? Can we purify ourselves alone? When can we start? How can we start?

    All of my questions have answers, I was just stating that doctrines found in the bible are explained therein too. Every word or statement we give must have a biblical basis, more so when we profess that we know God.

    Isaiah 34:16. Look in the book of the LORD and read: No one of these shall be lacking, For the mouth of the LORD has ordered it, and his spirit shall gather them there

    I hope we can reason with God together. You know what to do, I am just one signature away. To God be the Glory!

  16. elman says:

    How about …
    Why can 2 people read the same Bible and interpret it differently?
    Why aren’t we more excited about bringing people to the Lord?
    Why do I act like Martha when I really want to be Mary?

    The bible has the answer,Isaiah 34:16. Look in the book of the LORD and read: No one of these shall be lacking, For the mouth of the LORD has ordered it, and his spirit shall gather them there

  17. Neva says:

    My only contribution:
    If you throw a cat out of a moving car is it considered “kitty litter”?

    Peace
    n

  18. Trey Morgan says:

    Snarky … there’s that word again.

  19. Brian Nicklaus says:

    don, as for elders changing light bulbs…
    traditional answer
    CHANGE??!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?

    maybe better

    First the elders set a time to meet. then they discuss the types of light–wattage,etc. they might buy.
    One elder wants to buy the longer-lasting bulbs even though they cost more but another elder wants to buy the cheapest in case the Lord returns, we can use the money for evangelism (or to just not spend money). after the check the budget, they decide they need another meeting to finish.

    then they set another meeting to decide who to ask. Is it the job of a deacon? the minister? can a woman change a light bulb? and the question about a woman changing a light bulb is taken as a direct insult by one elder who is more conservative than the other elder. They decide to agree to disagree and set another meeting time to decide when the light bulb should be changed.

    then a meeting is scheduled to discuss liability, in case the person changing the light bulb happens to fall off the ladder. the insurance policy must be checked and they decide not to ask the more litigious members of the church to do it.

    at the next meeting, someone mentions that another light bulb is out and the wiring might be bad. so instead of replacing either light bulb, they call an electrician to make sure it is the light bulb and not faulty wiring in the building.

    ( i could go on, but I think I will save this for my blog some day.)

  20. NB says:

    And I still haven’t heard it in your sermon yet. Ha ha.

  21. NB says:

    Oops! Brian slid a comment in there first.

    I meant, I still haven’t heard “snarky” in your sermon yet. Oh well, I’ve got to listen to some good sermons at least.:) But you know, if you would use “snarky” a few times it might just catch on in Texas!

    I just did get a chance to read this post so I’ll try to think of some why questions and get back.

  22. Trey Morgan says:

    Elman … hey bro … I appreciate you commenting, but I don’t think I understood a thing you just said.

    Brian … I love the comment. I think you do need to post a blog on that subject. I’d love to see it. Made me laugh.

    NB, Snarky … I’m still not sure that’s not a dirty word and ya’ll are just trying to trick me into saying a cuss work during a sermon. :)

  23. Trey Morgan says:

    Kathy … you are asking some tough questions today. Would that make you snarky?

    James – Great come back. I think it’s awesome that you stay till the end. I think everyone expects the minister to stay till the last, eat last, show up first and don’t say anything that’ll step on someones toes to hard. HA

  24. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Neva, I loved your question. Any cat is litter to me.

    Trey, yes, I guess I am the snarky today. Here is another question that might not be so hard:

    Why is it funny when someone gets pegged on the forehead with a nectorine? (It happened accidently during Jimmy Kimmel last night. I couldn’t go to sleep which is why I am contensious, I mean snarky today.)
    The snark

  25. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey,

    Did you notice that Kathy was 1/2 the posts on Lisa’s blog. I was reading while you were on there and we could have both made a comment from the men’s perspective. You were looking for topics the other day. Maybe you should post on the “did you have to go there… (tmi, etc).

    James

  26. NB says:

    Why is it easy to believe God “can” and difficult to believe that He “will”?

    Why is it difficult to pray in front of others? (Or am I the only one that has this problem?)

  27. lisa says:

    James & Trey, you should have made some comments from a male perspective on my blog today. :)

    Trey, elman’s just trying to pick on me. You can ignore him or delete his comments. That’s what I’ve started doing. But don’t bother responding to him. Seriously.

  28. Trey Morgan says:

    nb … there are lots of people who are uncomfortable about praying outloud.

  29. lisa says:

    Oh yeah, I meant to say that, NB, I’m one of those people. When I have a small group of women together for a Bible study & I ask who’d like to pray, we all sit there for a moment uncomfortably looking around, trying to avoid each other’s eyes, hoping I won’t ask them to pray. I finally just pray, and am growing more & more comfortable with it. Occasionally, someone else feels bad that I always pray, so they step up. It gets easier. :)

  30. Brian Nicklaus says:

    i think among churches of Christ because of our understanding of the assembly, woman never learn how to pray.
    we have timothy classes to teach young men, but who is teaching the women to pray. hopefully the older women, but what if no one taught them to pray.

    I think moms and dads need to realize that just because our little girls shouldn’t preach a sermon and maybe won’t every participate in a public worship assembly, they need to be able to read scripture aloud, pray a pray with others, and teach others the Bible.

    of course, it’s easy for me to say, my girl is only 16 months old…

  31. Anonymous says:

    Lisa,
    why is elman picking on you?
    I can’t imagine you ever offending anyone or even rubbing them the wrong way.
    Any idea?

  32. Trey Morgan says:

    Brian … good thoughts…

  33. NB says:

    Lisa – I can’t imagine that you would feel uncomfortable praying aloud. But it makes me feel better knowing that I’m not the only one that has been in this position!

    Trey and Brian,
    Thanks for your input. I have a few questions but at this time I am unsure how to word them correctly so I’ll hold off for now and think first.

  34. The Preacher's Household: says:

    When I started my community Bunco group the rules were no gossiping and we will have a prayer time at the end. You know when it will devistate someone to call on them. You also know when people are capable but just need a push – practice is the best way to get rid of the fear. You also must remember that it is only a conversation between you and God that others are participating in. Chain prayers are great for women because they don’t have to commit to the whole prayer and they learn their voice/heart counts too.
    When I was learning to pray publicly in college, my friend of dark color would always pray, “Dear Got, thanks for being my Dat”. It made a big impression on me because she had a personal relationship with God that I would have never seen had I not heard her prayers. It is a precious and priceless lesson and memory.
    Kathy

  35. lisa says:

    Anon — elman isn’t necessarily picking on just me. He just found my blog first (I think). His comment did pick my “why” questions & repeated them, and I thought that was interesting. Didn’t know why he did that. He started leaving seemingly unrelated comments on my blog, almost like he looked for a keyword in my post & then decided he had a post from his own blog that would relate to that, and then he’d put his whole post in my comments section. I made the mistake of conversing with him, which encouraged him to “bug” me more. But he doesn’t introduce himself or try to be friendly. It’s kinda confusing. (I don’t mean to imply that conversing with someone is a mistake, just that in this case, it seemed he was more & more confusing with each comment he gave me.)I felt like he was going to people’s blogs that I had linked on mine, so I felt bad that I led him to others’ blogs. Thanks, Anon, for asking, and for what you said. I’m not necessarily a very abrasive or offensive person, it’s true; the times I offend someone are when I speak first without thinking. But, at any rate, in this case it wasn’t about offending him; he seemed to single me out for some other reason. (By the way, Trey, when is your blog on head-coverings for women coming out?)

    NB — maybe some of us women bloggers could write up some posts about praying aloud. Not sure just how I’d go about doing that, but we could think about it. I’m sure Kathy and/or Neva would do a better job. Maybe they’d be willing. I think Kathy’s right about chain-praying — if someone is willing to say part of a prayer & I could offer to finish it, maybe that’d be more comfortable. I am willing to pray before a group, but it makes me very nervous, especially when I’ve heard other women who pray so beautifully and I feel like I stumble through the whole thing. Keep in mind that just because I’m talkative & maybe obnoxiously outspoken, that doesn’t mean I’m comfortable praying or even speaking in front of a group. But it gets easier every time I do it.

    Sorry about the really really long comment, Trey. I would have done it email-form instead, if I could have! 😉

  36. Trey Morgan says:

    Let’s see, I’m thinking “Top 10 Reasons Women Should Cover their Head” or “Favorite movies with Women who have their head’s covered.” Well, maybe not.

    I do think I’ll do some on prayer. I know there are a lot of people who do posts on prayer, but I’m thinking I may need to chime in on some thoughts.

    Lisa… as for your long comments … QUIT APOLOGIZING! It doesn’t bother me.

  37. lisa says:

    Sorry. 😉

  38. elman says:

    isa, thank God, you noticed my comments and commented on it outloud!

    let me just repeat your question:

    Why can 2 people read the same Bible and interpret it differently?

    Why aren’t we more excited about bringing people to the Lord?

    Why do I act like Martha when I really want to be Mary?

    7:55 AM

    What’s wrong by giving a verse that states that the bible has the answer for the above questions?

    I just want to reach you as I read your blog. It’s very interesting when you pointed out, as what I understand, that even e-mails you received may be used as a vessel of Satan for spreading his words!

    I thought you too were a preacher, based on your blog links. I never had an idea that a comment area should be edited to the point of deleting it, since if you are really a christian, you will not allow, if what i said is true, unanswered. And even if it is wrong(which I do not agree), you can answer it! Now, if you think, I am bugging you, let my comments appear on your blog and let the readers know how it went.

    But this is not to belittle or annoy you, I was reaching you and I was trying to just challenge if what you are saying has a basis by commenting on your post. Why are you suggesting trey to delete my comments? I am glad trey is open minded and left my comments standing. I am not saying that you are not. I am criticial when it comes to the word of God, not based on my pre conceived ideas but I have biblical and logical basis!

    2 peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
    holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

    Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

    2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

    John 7:17-18 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

    Is trey your preacher? I am glad that you asked how women should cover their heads. I remember asking you this when you commented at my blog:

    lisa said…
    I study the Bible, I know what I must do to be saved. I believe that you can fall away, but I have not. Again, please remove me from your list. Thank you.
    Friday, March 02, 2007 7:16:00 AM
    http://elmantheman.blogspot.com/2007/03/berean-who-never-grow-in-faith.html

    Please allow me to link this comment area to my blog.

    To God be the glory.

  39. elman says:

    Hi trey, just a post on my blog which I find relevant to your topic:

    TOUGH QUESTIONS

    I am sorry for posting late. I was at work and it is just now that i read other comments above. Other authors have deleted my comments just like lisa did, so I haven’t visited your blog that soon. But here I am, ready to answer any comments based on the bible. If not, I have someone who I can ask.

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