Can I Ask You a Question?

As they walk down the street, Joe asks Sam if he can ask him a question. Sometimes that seems to be a bit loaded. While I have always liked people to feel free to ask me questions, sometimes, the questions can be all but impossible or even impossible to answer.

I was in a setting once where people could ask me any question they wanted. I was asked how many bricks were in the Empire State Building? On another occasion when serving as staff on a Christian retreat I was asked a theological question someone asked of St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th or 14th century. “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin.” As I remember the story, Aquinas didn’t have an answer either.

All this is leading me to say, I would like some help from you, my readers. In at least some of my posts I would like to do a new series, “Ask Dr. B.” You can ask whatever you like, I just won’t guarantee I will answer your question. Honestly, I don’t care how many bricks are in the Empire State Building. Nor do I care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Thomas Aquinas was much smarter than I am. If he couldn’t answer it, I probably can’t do it either.

My general intent is, to answer Bible questions, faith questions, theology questions, questions about the beliefs of various denominations. I would really like to at least attempt to answer your faith questions.

I am not going to guarantee you an answer. I will guarantee I will give it my best effort. My plan is the use these as blog posts a couple of times a week, so depending on the number of questions coming in, it could take a while. If I don’t understand the question, I will attempt to contact you, giving me any additional information I might need. I do reserve the right to reject a question for a variety of reasons including but not limited to, questions that would bring pain to others or even you, questions that are inappropriate, and questions that involve math (my math skills have never been good and besides, math was invented by demon possessed people who are out to drive us all nuts).

So that’s it. You can ask your questions by commenting below or emailing me at

I would ask one other consideration from you. Remember, many of these questions may require some amount of research. I may not be able to give an answer in the short term. Besides being a blogger, I am a husband, father, grandfather, substitute teacher, do a music ministry, and pastor a church. Those all take time and if a comment is complex, it may take a while to understand what is at hand. Have patience.

I look forward to hearing you. Have a blessed weekend.

Seeking the genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
Permission is granted for the non-commercial use of this material.


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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

3 thoughts on “Can I Ask You a Question?

  1. You are a brave man and I admire you for it.

    Now, if I get an entire church to pray with/for me, will God pay more attention than if I just sit in a corner and pray quietly on my own?

    Michael Life isn’t tied with a bow . . . . . . . . but it’s still a gift.


    1. I have done this a couple of times a year in churches and it usually works out pretty well. I am working on an answer for you. We were at mom’s and came home this afternoon. The brave part may be will be the time for some of the question.

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