This week, we dig into the complexity of the Lazarus story, trying to figure out why Jesus acted the way he did, and why it was so important to John to show Jesus in this way.
This time, we take up the Transfiguration: this mysterious event with so much meaning that it's confusing. So we dive into a couple of ideas to help flesh out what's going on.
This week, we departed from our regularly scheduled programming to reflect on the mass school shooting in Florida this last week. Rather than joining the fray, however, we're looking at the deeper ideological structure underlying the whole thing: the ideology of self-defense. As Christians, why can't we rely on guns (or anything else) as our self-defense?
Today, we dig into the three different temptations Jesus faced in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry: selfishness, political power, and trying to control God.
Right at the beginning of Jesus' ministry, he visits a fiery preacher named John the Baptist. However, he had his own followers, which shaped how the gospel writers depicted him. But he and Jesus both had the same message: the imminent coming of the Empire of God.
This week, we cannot help but get into the weeds. Because John's prologue is the Scripture that kicks off the New Testament. And it loves philosophy! So we go through and break down, piece by piece, exactly what John is saying here.
Even though we ran short on time, we still were able to have an abbreviated conversation this week about the Intertestamental Period. The two testaments stand 500 years apart, and a whole lot happened in that time, including stuff that must shape how we understand the New Testament.
For our last week in the Hebrew Bible, we look at Daniel. When we bore down into it, Daniel is resistance literature of a subjugated people living under an oppressive empire. And it introduces us to apocalyptic literature, a genre written by those with no earthly chance of vindication—and which we'll see all over the New Testament.