Why are we so cheery when we talk about Palm Sunday? We dive into that question today, which takes us through guerrilla theater, the Passion story, anti-Semitism, social bandits, and a dive into humanity's existential condition.
Never shying away from a tough subject, we dive headlong into The Little Apocalypse, a discourse where Jesus is delivering this bizarre speech about the end time and signs. What do we as modern folks make of that?
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.
For this week's text of terror, we look from one end of the Bible to the other: the command in Genesis to "subdue" the Earth, and the idea that at the end of time, the whole Creation will be destroyed. Looking at the Industrial Revolution in light of these texts, we see one way that people have legitimized the wanton destruction of the environment—and harming people in the process.
This week, we were blessed to hear from Rev. Sarah Casey. She continued our series of wrestling with some of the hardest texts in the Bible and trying to figure out what to do with them. She takes up the topic of women, examining how the New Testament has been used to keep women out of ministry and leadership roles in the church.
Continuing our series about Biblical texts that have been used to cause great harm, we take up the poor this week. More than any one text, what has been harmful has been the way that we interpret the whole Bible in the first place. Allegorical readings shift the focus from the real material conditions of the poor to a spiritualized realm that ignores these problems.
During the Lenten season, we are taking each week a text that has been used to cause great harm, examine its use without trying to excuse it, and then figuring out how to move forward from there. This week, we take on the legacy of slavery and how Christianity has been used to justify it.