Each of the instruments used to inflict wounds into the flesh of Jesus - the scourge, the thorns, the nails, and the spear - demonstrate the brokenness of the world. We reflect on how Jesus is carrying the wounds of the world in His wounds.
The question “Why?” is asked of God at least 25 times in the biblical psalms. 3 of these occur in Psalm 10. We journey to 1976 Namibia to hear a voice echoing Psalm 10, facing the schemes of the wicked and asking the same questions asked in the psalm. We walk through Psalm 10’s darkness and its glimmers of light.
In our 3rd lesson exploring how Christians should handle Memory, we consider the memories of the times we have been wronged by others. We first consider 6 possible responses to sin against us, all of them chaining us to the memory. So we then consider another way - the way of forgiveness. If this is God's intention for my handling of these memories, what makes forgiveness possible? What is my strategy?
JUSTICE is a word thrown around a lot. But do we really understand what God means by it? Sometimes the best way to learn the meaning of a word is to look at the surrounding key words in a Bible text which provide flavor. We look at Micah 6 and Psalm 33 to see which words help season our understanding of how God sees Justice and our role in its execution.
In a world where war, oppression, and other forms of injustice seem to never cease, how much blame should be laid at the hands of religion? Would the world be a better place without religion? This is part of our "Faith Challenge" series.