With racial tensions on the rise yet again in America, a conversation needs to be had about the systemic injustices inherent in our culture and public institutions.
Their salt had lost its flavor. Their light was being hidden. But in order to regain their vocation, they needed first to reorient their identity.
We live in a world where proximity to family and friends is no longer a given. And then something happens. A death. A diagnosis. A disease you can't see but is all too real. What do we do? What CAN we do? And how does our faith play into our response?
This Sunday at New Wineskins we are thrilled to welcome filmmaker Emily Harger, who is screening her documentary film, "Outspoken" at WVU-Parkersburg this week.
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?
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.