Like watching lions inside of an enclosure, it seems that we often try to subdue and tame the wildness of God. We maybe want to experience the wonder and majesty of God, but we don’t want to identify with the radical, transformative presence of God. Sunday message from March 24, 2013.Read more "Identify: the King"
In one of his most meaningful parables, Jesus tells a story about a landowner who hires laborers to harvest grapes in his field. Some of the workers become angry because they get paid the same wage as other workers who haven’t worked as long. The workers lose sight of how they arrived in the field […]Read more "Identify: Laborers in the Vineyard"
When many people around Jesus completely disregarded children, Jesus says we have to turn and become like them. As one scholar says, turning implies that we are going in the wrong direction. If we imagine two roads, Jesus implies that we are traveling down one that is not childlike and is not the path of the Kingdom. So what […]Read more "Identify: Become Like Children (Two Paths)"
Jesus tells his disciples to beware of the yeast of the Sadducees and Pharisees. In other words, beware of what makes them rise. Jesus knows that our religion and our identities will be polluted by what makes people rise in the world. He knows that we will try to save our lives without giving up […]Read more "Identify: Find Your Life"