This past week, Charlottesville, VA saw a repugnant crowd of white supremacists causing chaos. The "sea" is a scriptural metaphor for chaos. Jesus famously walked on the sea (chaos) and invited Peter to join him. In this message, we look for wisdom in a sea of chaos.
The parable of the leaven is just one verse long, yet it contains a scrumptious array of delectable morsels with profound importance for the world today.
Who are the weeds...the tares, and what is their ultimate fate? The fires of hell? Or, could Jesus have been saying something else? Something much more related to here and now...
U2's "Desire" was their first #1 hit in the UK. Bono's lyrics to the song have some striking similarities to the Apostle Paul's statements about his own desires in Romans 7. Both Paul and Bono show remarkable self-awareness of how their desires can dominate and frustrate their lives. In this message, we apply Rene Girard's theory of mimetic desire to these two texts; separated by 2000 years, but full of liberating meaning for today.
The Bible records an evolution of thought about God. Not a "straight-line" evolution, but one that moves in fits and starts, one step forward, two steps back, but it is there for those who have eyes to see. And the result is a very beautiful God indeed.
In a highly patriarchal culture, God told Abraham to do as his wife, Sarah told him. Even today, many men would resist this, but there is good reason to consider the benefits. In this message we also consider how Jesus' teaching on leadership and power can actually save us from brain damage!
Are we saved and justified by our faith IN Christ, or by the faith OF Christ? In this message we explore this question with the help of N.T. Wright and Richard Hayes.
Using the Genesis 18 story of three visitors that Abraham welcomed, Andrei Rublev's 15th Century Trinity icon and Luke's Gospel, we seek to better understand the Trinity.
Something miraculous happened on the Day of Pentecost - some people started speaking in ways that were foreign to them. This in turn enabled some other people to begin hearing what they had to say. Just because you speak the same language as someone else doesn't mean that they will actually hear what you are saying. Being able to actually hear what is being said, through your own biases, presuppositions and social and religious conditioning is a wonderful spiritual gift.
Jesus had a favorite way of referring to himself-as "the son of man" or, "the human being". In fact, Jesus never asked anyone to worship him as God. So why is it that many ministers today want to be called the "man of God?" Jesus was thoroughly human. He was truly human, and when he said, "follow me", he was inviting people to become fully and truly human as he is.