March 31, 2009
March 30, 2009
And with all due respect, I can't help but disagree. The Passion Narrative has it's rightful place across Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, but we don't get there without the "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem. Jesus doesn't end up on a cross without shouts of "Hosanna!"
March 26, 2009
March 25, 2009
March 24, 2009
March 23, 2009
This Sunday Sam continued his series on The Word, this time focusing on the Law. In Judaism, the law is hugely important. The 613 commandments from God in the Hebrew Bible are the way they understand what God wants from them and the best way to live His way. I think Christian tradition views it in a more strict and constricting way: "We have to do these things or God will be so pissed!" That's sad to me, as I doubt God keeps Excel spreadsheets with all the commandments in the Bible on one axis and all our names on another, checking off each box as we break different commandments." Read it all here.
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
March 18, 2009
The new, new Facebook is really awful, but without it, discussion threads like this might never happen.
Thanks to all my friends who have been so very helpful in pulling together my thoughts for Sunday.
Steve Pankey hopes E-Fel can help me understand Numbers 21.4-9
March 17, 2009
March 16, 2009
A Samaritan woman came, strangely enough in the middle of the day, to draw her water. Himself quite thirsty, Jesus said to her, "Would you give me a drink of water?"
The Samaritan woman was shocked and asked, "How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" First of all, Jews in those days wouldn't be caught dead talking to Samaritans. And secondly, men in those days wouldn't be caught dead talking to a woman without her husband present.
Undeterred, Jesus answered, "If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water."
The woman said, "Sir, you don't even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this 'living water'? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?"
Jesus said, "Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life."
The woman said, "Sir, give me this water so I won't ever get thirsty, won't ever have to come back to this well again!"