Last summer, I made an effort to see the solar eclipse in the path of totality. I read numerous explanations about what it would be like during the eclipse and I had a clear expectation of what would happen.
The real thing surprised me. To experience a complete change in my physical surroundings within a matter of seconds was fascinating. As much time as I spent reading about it, I was unprepared and awestruck to experience something like a 360-degree sunset.
As a Christian, I have read and heard about the kingdom of God many times. Often there is a somewhat rosy picture of the kingdom of God as a future place without suffering.
In last Sunday’s sermon on the parable of the bags of gold from the book of Matthew, Ric opened up the idea that Jesus may be trying to communicate an unexpected view of the kingdom of God in the here and now. What if God is not the harsh ruler of the story? What if Jesus is the person in the story that speaks truth to power? What if the parable is not about using our God-given talents, as most interpretations suggest? There may be more to the story than we realize.
By working his way through the parables in Matthew, Ric is helping us explore and move toward a deeper understanding of what it means to be an Anabaptist and part of the kingdom of God. I invite you to join us on this journey.
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