grilling Jesus

Today’s (Oct. 23) a.m. Bible study (Luke 17:20-37) pondered the “grilling” * of Jesus about when and where the Kingdom of God will come.  The Pharisees want visible signs.  Jesus gives a confusing answer.  Could it be confusing because the questions of when and where are asked in material terms and Jesus answers the when and where in spiritual terms?  Is Jesus saying we will “see” the kingdom of God (among or within us) when “seeing” our mortal helplessness to sin as the where for God’s grace?   Can you ponder your when and where other than in material terms? 

 

*From The Message//Remix,  a Bible translation by Eugene Peterson

Gracious Engagement

On Sunday, September 29, 2013, our Adult Forum was titled “Gracious Engagement – Living into Social Change”.

The presentation commended conversations we may call gracious engagement, which involves telling our story–but that this works only when we are more interested in the story of the other.

Do you have a story close to your heart that needs to be told?

How can you know someone well enough to trust him or her with your story?

Martin Luther listed mutual conversation and consolation alongside the sacraments of our church as a means of grace.

Your pastors are here for you.  Please know God’s grace is for you.

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