What is Jesus getting at in his parables about the kingdom of heaven? Who was he talking to and why? What does he even mean by “the kingdom of heaven?”
Regardless of how we choose to observe Lent, it is primarily a season of focus. Whether we choose to abstain from a thing or a habit for this six weeks, or add a new dimension to our spiritual lives, or engage in some sort of weekly discipline, our goal is to focus on Jesus and the coming remembrance of his crucifixion and resurrection.
What might it look like for us to seek the best for our political opponents? How can we imagine prospering under leadership we so deeply disrespect?
Have we lost some of the significance of the ancient and holy rite of the Eucharist? Has it become little more than another ritual for us to march through occasionally, more out of obligation than for transformation?
What do “treasures in heaven” have to do with servants waiting for their master? Are there hints in the text that point us to a warning for Israel that still holds true for us today?
Can faith communities play a role in reshaping culture away from violence as our default response? In essence, that’s the heart of Jesus’ kingdom announcement. That death and violence no longer reign. But can we actually live that life? And, if we can, what might it change?
With its bizarre symbolism, violent conflicts, and epic scale, it’s no wonder Revelation has captured both the Christian and cultural imagination. But do we truly understand what St. John’s vision is really all about?
What if “repenting” has less to do with behavior modification and more to do with a whole new way of being? What if it’s not so much about the bad habits or sins we need to give up, but a radical reorientation of our lives?
Does God preordain salvation, or do we have freedom to choose? What is God’s will, and does it make any difference?
As our prayers go out to the cities where these attacks occurred and the friends and families of the victims, some serious questions arise for those of us who seek to follow Jesus.