We used to sing the chorus, "Open Our Eyes Lord, We Want To See Jesus." We sang it over and over, hoping that Jesus would reveal himself to us. It never occurred to us, though, to ask, "How does Jesus want to be seen?" Jesus answers this question in a remarkable way in John's gospel.
What is "the world" that Jesus came to save? And, how the translation of one little two-letter word sheds light on a 500 year debate about how to be 'saved.' This is the really, really good news of the Gospel!
We consider Jesus prophetic act of "cleansing" the Temple, but propose that he was doing much, much more than that. Following Gil Bailie, we suggest that Jesus was taking the Temple away and replacing it with himself. This has serious implications even today.
Jesus heals a blind person, but it takes two encounters for the person to begin seeing clearly. Peter identifies Jesus as the Messiah but Jesus won't let him tell anybody else, then calls Peter Satan! These are both stories of mistaken identity. They have much to show us today.
We take a look at the flood story as literature, not as a simple children's story. Has the flood story ever bothered you? Does the idea of God wiping out most of humanity seem less than Christlike to you? Join us for an exhilarating ride through some rough seas on the way to new creation.
The multi-layered Transfiguration event reveals at least three very important things: (1) how to read the Bible, (2) how to think about God and (3) the divinity and humanity of Christ. This is one of the most important texts in the New Testament.
Jesus didn't just heal and deliver people because he was a nice guy. He had a much larger purpose...a purpose that was to change the way societies were organized, and he began by healing a woman who would become his first female disciple.
The first time Jesus taught in public, a man called him the "holy one of God". Jesus rebuked him for it. This is what I call the "Rumpelstiltskin Effect".
When Jesus called his disciples he said, "follow me and I will make you fishers of men." While many think of this as a call to evangelism, we take an historical/contextual look at what this might have meant in First Century Galilee. It might be much more radical than you think!
Richard Rohr speaks of life in two halves; the first half is the building of a strong 'container' or 'identity', the second half is finding the contents the container is to hold. In this message we consider the choosing of Nathanael and Peter's denial and restoration with these two halves of life in mind.