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?
So what if we're missing the point of Palm Sunday. What if it's less celebration and more subversion? Not so much a shindig as a scandal?
Often, it seems our faith is motivated more by fear than by love. Fear of death, fear of the other, fear of the unknown. Fear of punishment. Fear of hell.
As it happens, stories have immense power. And what we do with the power of our own stories in many ways defines who it is that we actually are.
But what if we could be better listeners? Could it effect more than just our day-to-day conversations or civic discourse, but actually transform our neighborhoods and communities?
Beyond cheap platitudes and religious-speak, is there really a way peace on earth could actually be realized?