What do you do when your concept of community is being challenged by Jesus? Most of us, like the Pharisees, would reject it, especially when our culture has molded our ways. We function under a bounded set community where rules and static attributes become the determining factor telling us if we are in or out of the community. Jesus is changing the rules with something so radical that it would eventually lead Him to the cross. This scandalous community is the kingdom of God. Are you in?
John the apostle illuminates the story of creation but this time from the perspective of Jesus, as Mary Magdalene meets Him after the resurrection. New creation is finally here and Jesus has the last word on our rebellion. But what does it mean for all the disciples who left Him and all those who gave up of faith? Will jesus rebuke them and force them to toe the line or will He gently reveal Himself to them and let them see Him for who He is?
Life starts in a garden and this is exactly where you will find the Gardener. Mary was looking for Jesus in the tomb but instead she found Him tending the Garden. It wasn't a case of mistaken identity, it was a prophetic sign that from now on Jesus would be cultivating new life in all of us who believe. This is the message of Easter, a God who is willing to get His hands in the humus of humanity and bring forth new life in our wasted land. This podcast includes Thom Avison sharing about his own resurrection from religious bondage.
When we start looking closely at the genealogy of Jesus, we notice that they are some less than worthy characters in His family. Along Abraham and the patriarchs, we find prostitutes, Gentiles, adulterers, idolaters, murderers and so forth. But what does that mean for you and me? How does our family tree affect our own lives and our identity? On this Palm Sunday, Martial explores the importance of being included in God's story. What does it mean for us?
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