legalism

Ashes 9: Unlawful...

Ashes 9: Unlawful...

...what good is legalism, what benefit is there to blind faith, if it doesn't lead is into right relationship with God, with self, and with neighbor? How does self-righteous asceticism make us more like God? How does lording our "morality" over others evince God's love flowing into us and out of us? Often, to be on God's side means challenging the status quo, means turning the world upside down, even at the risk of our own lives. After all, doesn't Jesus teach us that the greatest example of love we can set is the willingness to lay down our lives for those around us...

Lent 17: Withered sabbath...

Lent 17: Withered sabbath...

Jesus, getting closer and closer to what many presume he knew was coming, begins to lose patience. We don't see him completely lose his temper, but I get the sense that he is definitely frustrated. Although Mark's gospel moves at a significantly faster pace than the other gospels, Jesus has still been ministering for some time and apparently, the religious leaders of his time still don't get it.