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.
How are we to understand a parable that expresses the importance of forgiveness when, in the end, God refuses to forgive? In this message we consider several alternative interpretations to this challenging parable.
Crosby Stills and Nash sang, "Teach Your Children", a song inspired by a photograph of a young boy with a toy hand grenade. When his disciples asked Jesus who would be greatest in the kingdom of heaven, he placed a child in front of them and made some statements that have much in common with Graham Nash's famous song.
Have you ever been completely correct, only to find that you had also completely missed the point? This is exactly the state that Peter found himself. There are important lessons to be learned in this conversation between Peter and Jesus.
When Jesus said, "on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it", he was standing in an outpost of the Roman Empire, near "the rock of god" in which was a cave named, "the gates of Hades". We believe that Jesus deliberately chose this location to make this important statement. The implications are many and very deep.
Did Jesus really call a desperate Canaanite woman a dog? Did he really tell her that he only was sent to Israelites? Was Jesus xenophobic? Was he testing her faith? No! There's a a much more encouraging way to understand this Gospel story.
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.