Yesterday we talked about doubts in my Bible class at ACU. It always comes as a relief to some students to learn that doubting is not the opposite of belief. That would be unbelief. Doubt is suspended on a continuum between the two and decides whether to lean in the direction of belief or unbelief. It also relieves some (and probably frightens others who crave certainty) to know that their own teacher has his bouts with doubt. There are times when it just doesn't seem that this world works the way it ought to if a loving, all-powerful God is in charge. Even after all the talk about free will, natural disasters, and the effects of sin, sometimes that just doesn't quite fix the problem. And there are times when you wonder about all the people in the world who will fight wars over their old books--which old book depends on their religion--written by people from long ago. As I said, for those who need absolute certainty and don't want anyone to mess with it--and I'm not just talking about college students now--that's not anything they want to hear. They probably tell themselves that it's because their faith is so strong. That may be right. Or maybe their faith is so fragile. But others know the threat of being fully awake in a world that is confusing. It isn't certainty they have, most of the time, but faith. Struggling, seeking, journeying faith. As Frederick Buechner put it, "Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith." For some people, those doubts keep the faith fresh, alive, and vibrant--always searching over the next ridge for what lies ahead.