Contrary to some common assumptions, Jesus is not the ultimate Answer Man, but more like the Great Questioner. In the Gospels Jesus asks many more questions than he answers. To be precise, Jesus asks 307 questions. He is asked 183 of which he only answers 3. Asking questions was central to Jesus life and teachings. In fact, for every question he answers directly he asksliterallya hundred. Jesus is the Question considers the questions Jesus askswhat they tell us about Jesus and, more important, what our responses might say about what it means to follow Him. Through Jesus questions, he modeled the struggle, the wondering, the thinking it through that helps us draw closer to God and better understand, not just the answer, but ourselves, our process and ultimately why questions are among Jesus most profound gifts for a life of faith. A game-changer of a book.
Martin B. Copenhaver, an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, has served churches in Westport, Connecticut; Burlington, Vermont; and Phoenix, Arizona. He is currently Senior Pastor of 1,000-member Wellesley Congregational Church, where he has served since 1994. He is the author (or co-author) of five books and has been published widely in national periodicals. He is an editor-at-large for The Christian Century and frequent speaker throughout the country. He currently resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts.