NewsRead this week

Join us this Sunday, March 7, at 9:30AM as we discuss The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.  Don’t worry if you missed earlier weeks – you are welcome to jump in at any time.

March 7

Read Mark 11:27-13:37.

Tuesday is a busy day, a full day. Mark’s narrative of the day’s events covers almost three chapters, 11:27–13:37, a total of 115 verses. It includes some of my favorite stories, I do want to start with the video history of the temple, tho. Better late than never.

There’s much to cover in this chapter but here are some questions for you to be thinking over. There will be plenty to talk about.

Questions to consider for Sunday

1. Most stories underscore conflicts with the temple authorities who challenge Jesus’s authority. How do these stories reflect the conflict between Caesar’s kingdom and God’s?
2. Scholars agree Jesus did not focus on himself or life after death but the “kingdom of God” that is here. The “exalted” terms in the Gospels are later additions. Give this some thought.
3, Consider Mark’s “little apocalypse.” “What has begun in Jesus will triumph, despite the tumult and resistance of this world.” The author of Mark believed the end was coming soon. It did not. But the little apocalypse functions to say to the followers of Jesus your efforts are not in vain. Reflect on our confidence in our convictions in the midst of opposition and violent opposition. What functions today to give us hope for our
world? Let us hope it is not the desire for an end!!

For more information about the discussion, contact facilitator Bill Lamb.  Zoom link is in the Saturday Zoom email or contact office.cucc@gmail.com.