We often talk about Advent as a season of waiting for the light.But what if, while we were waiting, we learned to welcome the darkness?
How we interpret scripture has been a major point of contention in the church ever since the Protestant Reformation. But long before that, the priests and teachers of the law in Jesus' time had deep divisions over how their sacred texts were to be elucidated.
Is Jesus saying that we should cheat and lie and befriend those who do likewise in order to gain favor? Or is something else going on at a deeper level?
Do you have a question about faith, church, or the Bible that's been gnawing at you? Do you have something you want to share with the New Wineskins community for further insight?
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?"
But as with all parables, there is a deeper story behind the story. And this week, our own Kevin Malcomb will lead our discussion into the layers below the surface!
As usual, Jesus is painting on a larger canvas. His teachings are far more rarely about individual morality than they are about society and culture. The whole rather than the one.