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.
What if resurrection is really not a miracle at all? What if resurrection was the most natural thing we could possibly believe in? What if it's the most natural thing we could experience?
Maybe we need to know miracles are real. Maybe we need to hope that the impossible can happen.
Has Christian mission always been a positive influence in the world? Or is there a dark side, one we need to figuratively burn down, in order to recapture our call to the missio dei, God's mission for God's world?
How exactly do we go about being salt and light in our world today? And what does our community look like when we do?