Written by Rev. Chris Shorow
I love some of the quotes that came from the mouth of Albert Einstein. Although not a professed Christian, he was passionately spiritual. For instance, “Science without religion is lame and religion without science is blind.” Or take, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Amen to those.
One quote that sticks out to me lately is, “The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.” One of the reasons I like this thought is it could be said by any of the founders of the Disciples of Christ church. We are a people not afraid to ask the hard questions of faith. We respect one another’s opinions and seek God’s truth in all we do. The Bible is our guide and we continue to search for its truth in our lives today.
That quote touches me today because this weekend we will be graced with the presence of a great Biblical scholar—John Dominic Crossan. He brings fresh insight into the context of the world Jesus inhabited. Well-versed in the Greco-Roman world of the first century, his scholarship gives us a new perspective on the words of both Jesus and Paul. His presentations will enlighten and challenge us to think in new and creative ways about God’s truth.
In talking about Jesus, Crossan points out that he was very much an opponent of the Roman way of thinking. Peace through strength was really an oppressive system for the people who followed Jesus. Jesus taught true peace comes only from God.
I invite you to come and experience an intriguing lecture series this weekend at First Christian Church, courtesy of Dr. Crossan. As Einstein once said, “Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.”
Saturday, August 27
JESUS AND PAUL - Continuity or Discontinuity?
9am-10:15am: The Unity of Jesus and Paul
10:45am-12pm – Jesus & The Kingdom of God
7pm-9pm – God & the Justice of Resurrection
Sunday, August 28
8:15, 9, & 11am Worship – Preaching in all services
10am - Summer Series Seminar
All events are free admission and open to the public!
Posted on Wed, August 24, 2016
by Micah James