- The Woman Caught in Adultry
- According to Leviticus and Deuteronomy, the woman who was caught in adultery was punishable by death with stones. Yet, the teachings of Jesus have been mercy and forgiveness. Would it be still right to simply forgive an obvious offense? Or should it be punished according to the law? Forgiveness brings love and mercy, while utter leniency may not be the most appropriate way of living together in this world. How should we know what to do at each given moment?
- A Case in Mistaken Identity
Sometimes Jesus teaches by looking straight into the camera and addressing us directly. We are surprised, or at least we should be. "Love your enemies" should shock us, if we hadn't heard it so many times before. "Turn the other cheek." Easy to say, and after constant repetition easy to hear.
But in our Gospel reading for this Sunday, Jesus hits us so hard, so unexpectedly that preachers often just stay away from this story. "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple." [Luke 14:26] What?!? The Prince of Peace tells us we must "hate"? And surely He, of all people, has not forgotten the Fifth Commandment, "Honor your father and your mother".
What in the name of heaven is going on here? He has gotten our attention - a great teacher always will, after all - but just what are these "possessions" we are supposed to give up to truly be disciples? Come this Sunday and we will explore these mysteries.
- Who is The Greatest
- Who would not desire to be loved and favored by God? However, is there a way to be the first or the most loved by God? In this short story, Jesus teaches and explains a heavenly secret by means of which we can truly become one with God our Creator!
- The Purpose of Parables
- In the Four Gospels, Jesus gives us 39 parables. A parable is a story in which special meaning is embedded. The disciples of Jesus asked him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" To this, Jesus answers, "The reason I speak to them in parables is that "seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand." After reading this conversation again, a question arose in my mind: Are you one of the disciples or one of them to whom Jesus had to speak in parables?
- Ignited By God
- What does it mean to catch fire in our current world? How do we remain kindled in the face of hardship, heartache and times of desert dryness? Christine Rodgers ponders these themes using scripture, poetry and shared life experiences.