Spiritual Spotlight: Talk explores solving your ‘Faith Puzzle’

Four-week series starts Sunday at SHS discusses hard questions about faith

Sequim Gazette staff

There are some hard questions in life and Tim Richards wants to help explore those with you.

The former pastor leads “The Faith Puzzle,” a four-night series mixing testimony, music and drama starting at 7 p.m. from Oct. 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1, in Sequim High School Auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

“We’ve been billing this as a series of talks for believers who doubt and doubters who are curious about belief,” Richards said.

Despite growing up around the Christian faith and becoming a pastor, Richards said he had his own crisis of faith and agonized over the big questions in life.

Richards said the only way he could know if his faith were true was not tying his paycheck to exploring for the right answer.

So he resigned as a pastor and moved back to Sequim with his family to explore faith “like a blind man trying to assemble a jigsaw puzzle, feeling for the edges trying to make sense of the puzzle. And slowly a picture began to emerge,” he said.

“The Faith Puzzle” shares his story from faith to agnosticism and back.

Some of the questions he’ll discuss include, “Is there really any objective evidence for God?” “Is Jesus who he claimed to be?” and “How do we explain that God is good when so many bad things happen?”

Richards is partnering with about 60 volunteers and several local churches to put on the program.

Tickets are free and available at The Good Book and participating churches: Calvary Chapel, Dungeness Community Church, Fairview Bible Church, Independent Bible Church, Olympic Bible Fellowship, Olympic View Church of God, Sequim Bible Church, Sequim Community Church, Sequim Valley Foursquare, Sequim Worship Center, True Vine Fellowship and Sequim Adventist Church.

Limited tickets will be available at the door.

Music each night features rock and roll to jazz with Kevin Magner, Craig Buehler, Jeremy Cays, Jo Dee and Jesse Ahmann serving as guest artists on different nights.

As an incentive to come all four nights, visitors can qualify for a dinner for four at the Space Needle with limo services in Seattle.

For more information on “The Faith Puzzle,” visit http://thefaithpuzzle.org/ and Facebook.com/thefaithpuzzle.