According to the Gospel of Mark, the first people who discovered that Jesus had been raised from the dead did not react with celebration and rejoicing. Mark 16:8 describes their reaction this way, "They went out, and fled from the tomb. Trembling and panic had seized them. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid." In this message we propose that unless we are struck with trembling and panic at the empty tomb, we likely have not understood the meaning of the empty tomb.
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.
In this message we explore the temptations of Jesus using Rene Girard's understanding of relationships being trinitarian rather than dualistic. This understanding can help all of us learn to model Jesus' way of living.
It's ok to want good things, right? When Jesus was tempted by the devil, he wasn't tempted with bad things...he was tempted with good things. (food, security and a good job) So how do we keep our desires from becoming something we need to be set free from? In this message we explore how our desires, and especially our unmet desires negatively impact our relationships.