We gather this Sunday November 18th, 2018 at 10:30 am – Rev. Doug Norris leading.
Doug Norris – October 28, 2018
First let me take a moment to rattle on a bit about the socio-political situation of the Jesus movement in relation to Late Second Temple Judaism – because I know you all woke up this morning wondering about this… You’ve been thinking, how did he reconcile universal and unconditional love to the stringent demands of a priestly vocation? Right? So a minute or two on that. Then I need your opinion on something personal.
Jesus lived in a religious culture of flawlessness, and he rejected it. Even though later on the Church tried to turn him into the flawless one, the sinless one, the perfect one, he understood that his place was among the grimy ones, the broken ones, the impure ones, the wounded ones. That’s the character of what’s going on in the story from the gospel this morning. They push the blind man to the side because he is an embarrassment, and he says, actually, he’s the one I’m here for, bring him here… read more…
October 21, 2018 Doug Norris (Mark 10 :35-45)
So let me make an introduction for you. James and John. You’ve just met them in the story here, and I’m going to see, over the next few minutes, if something about their story has something to say about our stories, our practices.
We could think of these two brothers as the Doug Ford and Rob Ford of the Jesus movement. Impetuous, brash, prone to displays of power. They were the first two people Jesus beckoned, on the shore of the lake, the sons of Zebedee. In a blink they left their father’s business and joined the movement. In another instance, when the small band of disciples was not treated hospitably by a Samaritan village they eagerly asked Jesus “Can we call down some fire upon their heads?? Can we?” Jesus nicknamed them ‘the sons of thunder’. So there is a history of misunderstanding, odd behaviour, they are evidence that this first group of people to gather around Jesus were not necessarily all calm quiet saintly figures. read more…
October 14, 2018, Rev. Karen J. Bowles
Psalm 90:12-17, Mark 10:17-27, scroll down for readings
Context is important. And without it, we often misinterpret a situation, draw ill informed conclusions.
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