We must take stock of the efforts we take to please each other. The state of political affairs should challenge us to rethink what we say for applause and how we feed off of this attention.
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Worship is essential not only because we recognize who God is but also because it sets the agenda for whom we are called to be.
What happened on that mountain when Jesus went to pray with Peter, James and John? Why did Jesus' clothing become dazzling white? How could Moses and Elijah be there when they lived so long ago?
God suffers some of the effects of human brokenness. In Jesus, God doesn't just come near. God doesn't just lend a hand. God experiences solidarity with those who suffer, taking their place.
In our world today, we badly need leaders who not only speak with authority but behave with conviction. It's not enough to talk the talk. You gotta walk the walk as well.
Some people abandon their nets because they hear good news worthy of our lives. Sensing God's kingdom drawing near, they reshape their lives in response to God's call. They drop everything and go another way.
Evangelical Christianity has in the past decades embraced the once forbidden relationship between faith and politics. Some Christians dislike the situation. Others welcome it.
When God speaks, often it is outside of the noble confines of the stained-glass edifice. This is what Mark is attempting to tell us: God's movement is often abrupt and unsettling.
Matthew read Zechariah without poetic parallelism but rather as a straightforward narrative. The result: Jesus enters Jerusalem straddling two animals.
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