Sophia’s Children blog today directed us to this post about Jesus. I’m so tired of hearing misinformation about Jesus from people who claim to love Him, it was a breath of fresh air to read someone explaining the Gospel of Mark in a way that expresses the essence of the Jesus I know: don’t judge, turn the other cheek, be love, be love, be love
What follows is a “bloggified” version of my sermon from last Sunday, June 3rd.
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Today we begin our summer sermon series entitled “Defiance: Challenging the Norm.” We will focus on Jesus’ radical, counter-cultural life and the ways he defied social norms, religious traditions, and theological expectations. We’ll be using for this exploration the gospel of Mark.
Mark will reveal to us a Jesus offering hope for the abundant life, convincing people that he was the promised Messiah, spending time with disreputable people, challenging the social conventions of his day, healing, teaching, eating and drinking, praying, and teaching his disciples to do the same.
So, when we hear the word “defiance,” what comes to mind?
The stubborn two-year-old who sits pouting, arms folded, at the kitchen table because he didn’t get his way?
The angry teenager who shouts, “I hate you!” just before slamming shut her…
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