Backleading: A Poem. The prelude began on a Nashville night; The first movement ended on a Mississippi highway.
Jesus is the pre-eminent interpreter of scripture. And in one instance he injects one interpretive word into one familiar theological statement, and we still haven’t recovered.
Does the system of religion have much to do with following Jesus? Here’s a confession from a recovering pastor about this very thing.
Do you ever feel like the antonym of all you want to be? Flawed, helpless, ineffective, uninspired, failed? Maybe there is something to be discovered in the space between where we are and where we want to be.
One day, a religious expert wanted to test Jesus, so he asked, “How do I experience God-quality life?”
Jesus answered, as he so often did, with a question, “What do you see in your own texts; how do you interpret them?”
There are two primary uses of the “Jesus was/was not a refugee” argument that I’ve seen written about extensively. And this is not just a current context thing. These arguments have been around for decades.