Passion Sunday again raises the questions about why Jesus had to die and who was to blame. That latter question is not unlike what we are hearing in the public arena these days regarding who is to blame for not preventing 9/11. So for our Immediate Word installment for April 4, we have asked team member Carlos Wilton to address the topic of "blaming," using the lectionary's gospel text from Luke 23 as a basis.
As usual, we've also included team comments, related illustrations, worship resources, and a children's sermon.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.