“She alone, of all those who heard Jesus’ prophecies of his death and resurrection, believed him…she is, for us, the first Christian.”
Who knew the first Christian may have been a woman in the male-dominated world in Jesus’ time, not one of the apostles?!
“For Jesus, the kingdom of God is not primarily about the dead, but about the living, not primarily about life after death, but about life in this world.”
Does heaven begin with the here and now?
Did Jesus come to atone for and set us free from our sins? Or did he come to us to teach us how to live, e.g., help the poor and fight injustice? It was Jesus’ call on the atonement issue. I believe they key consideration for us is how generously we live OUR lives. At the Putnam County Community Foundation we talk regularly about the three T’s – time, talent, and treasure. To whom much has been given, much is expected when it comes to all the T’s.
These are questions we have been debating in our study group as a result of reading The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. Want to join some wonderful discussions? The study group meets in person at 4:30 p.m. in Hamilton Hall on Tuesdays; Tuesday evenings you can join a Zoom meeting at 6:30 p.m. Click here for the Zoom link, or you can just click on the Zoom icon at the bottom of the last page on the St. Andrew’s website. Discussions are strictly limited to one hour. I think we are truly blessed to have Rev. Jen in our midst because she brings SO much to our discussions.