Faith Beyond Belief

SheepGoatWe will begin our discussion this Sunday morning by looking a chapter 25 of Matthew’s Gospel. There Jesus provides a view of the final judgment, but surprisingly does not even mention the issue of belief. Instead, he gives examples of caring for the oppressed.

We will then look at some examples of the Greek phrase πίστεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, often translated as “faith in Jesus Christ”, and explore how our understanding of those passages would be different if we understood that key phrase in a way that numerous biblical scholars are currently saying would be more faithful to its ancient meaning.

Samson and Delilah

This morning we took a rather playful look at the stories about Samson in the book of Judges. We began the morning by listening to a part of the Bacchanale by Saint Saens conducted by Dudamel.

Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel Ramírez (born January 26, 1981) is a Venezuelan conductor. He is the music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. For this piece, however, he conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker.

We entertained the question of comedy in the ancient world and in today’s church. I have uploaded the Keynote presentation I used. You can access it here.