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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:49 pm | Updated: 12:53 pm, Fri Sep 6, 2013.

Being a person of faith isn’t like being a football player or a plumber. In those cases, everyone knows the rules, the skills and who qualifies. Christians don’t even have universal agreement of what it means to “belong” or “get in” the club, let alone answers to life’s most pressing questions.

That’s why I thought it would be interesting to get a pastor in the hot seat — across from me in the studio to record a Bold Living interview.

Pastor Allan Fuller of Mountain Park Community Church in Ahwatukee Foothills sat in willingly and gave his answers. He was honest and thoughtful. His answers were certainly based on the gospel of God’s grace.

While surveys tell us that around 80 percent of Americans claim to be Christians, those same surveys reveal that those who attend any church regularly may be less than 25 percent.

So, for those who attend at least a few times each month, study the Bible and are followers of Christ, you may have your own (improved?) answers to the questions I asked. You may disagree with Pastor Fuller’s answers. You may even think the questions are goofy. But for the other 75 percent, I hope the discussion we had will be at least entertaining (we had some fun) and at best enlightening.

Some of the topics we touched on include:

• Are angels and demons real?

• If life is predestined and God is in control, why bother praying? Will God change His mind?

• Why do good things happen to bad people (and the reverse)?

• How do you reconcile the job of a soldier in war with the 6th Commandment?

• Why are some Christians so judgmental and legalistic in the name of Jesus?

• If heaven is wonderful and earth is broken, why do we have to be here?

• How far is too far sexually before marriage?

• Are there rules and limits to entertainment?

• Is divorce always wrong?

If this doesn’t get you to listen or share the podcast, I hope you’ll be available to answer some of my questions.

The April 13 interview originally aired on 1360 AM in Phoenix. The podcast is up at DianeMarkins.com. Please share your thoughts, questions and answers with us. Believe me, Pastor Fuller and I are the first to admit that we don’t have all the answers right. Maybe we can learn from each other.

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Diane Markins can be reached at Diane@DianeMarkins.com. See more of her writing at www.DianeMarkins.com or connect on Facebook/WomeninHighDef.com.

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