When we think of the Gospel, we often think of spiritual things, like saving souls, but the first verse of the Gospel According to Mark is gritty, down-to-earth, highly-charged political rhetoric. It was a direct challenge to Caesar and the Roman Empire. This is how Mark begins his very political Gospel, which also has serious implications for today.
The Hebrew prophets spoke of sudden cultural changes. Malcolm Gladwell speaks of 'tipping points'. The Bible calls them 'apocalypses'; times when sudden realizations cause massive cultural changes. The United States is in the middle of one right now in 2017.
In this sermon we approach the parable of the sheep and the goats with 4 questions: who are they, what are they judged on, where does this judgment take place, and when does it take place? We propose that the parable is NOT speaking about a final judgment of all individuals after the second coming of Jesus, but of a continual judgment of nations throughout history.
"The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer." Some trace this saying back to Jesus, but what if Jesus was not advocating this, but was simply making an observation? What if we've been teaching the parable of the talents exactly upside down and backwards?
The Ten Virgins is the first of three 'parables of judgment' in Matthew 25. These parables invite us to think of them in various ways. The Protestant Church has several different approaches.
What do the death of Moses and the greatest commandment in common? Perhaps more than is obvious at first glance.
For those of us who advocate for a God who is nonviolent, the Parable of the Wedding Banquet can be a difficult one. In this message we present a radically different understanding of the parable; one that accounts for the historical context and the audience Jesus was speaking to.
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants is sometimes used to promote a God who will pour out wrath on his enemies. In this message we take a closer look at the text and find a much more wonderful and life-giving God.
A protest about collusion between religious leaders and a real-estate mogul with a penchant for putting his name on buildings. It's funny how history repeats itself.
Is God like a wealthy landowner? And in what ways is God unlike a wealthy landowner? In this message, and the discussion that follows, we seek to apply the incarnate life of Jesus to this parable.