Jesus redefines reality for us. God is still at work in our world, Jesus says, and he invites us to walk with God. (‘The kingdom of God is near you’ and all are invited to ‘enter into the kingdom’.) Since we’re not accustomed to seeing God all around us, it’s natural to feel a little skeptical. So I want to ask the obvious, but crucial question. How can I know God?
I'm flying Rabbi Dr. David Rudolph in next Tuesday April 4th to speak in my Christian Encounters with other Cultures class. Since I'm bringing him from a distance, I'd like to open the class to a bit broader audience. Please consider joining us. Read on for the details.
Once there was a young osprey. This osprey, also known as a fish eagle, was a handsome gray, white, and brown bird with speckled feathers. He went fishing one day at a pond where he knew there were succulent fish. As luck would have it, he spotted a large fish from the sky and diving down with feet outstretched, grabbed the fish in his talons.
The fish was a catfish, 1 1/2 lbs., and it was too big for the young osprey. He struggled, dragging it through the water as he flew, and alighting, managed to drag it into the shallows and partially up onto the bank of the pond. Then the osprey began to dine on the fish.
Topics: Teaching Moment
In Galatians 2:11–21, the apostle Paul presents us with one of the most significant passages in the New Testament for those concerned with the faith and history of the early church. Paul recounts the dramatic conflict that occurred in Antioch when “some people from James” in Jerusalem (cf. Gal. 1:18–19; 2:7–9; Acts 12:17; 15:13–21; 21:18–25) came to visit the mixed church of Jews and Gentiles in Antioch, and “Cephas” (Aramaic for “Peter”) reacted by leading his fellow Jewish Christians in a withdrawal from meals with Gentile Christians. Almost certainly these meals included the Lord’s Supper, which in these early years was observed in connection with a full supper shared by the congregation (as suggested by 1 Cor. 11:20–22).