- Here's a Vander :Laan article on Jesus' baptism.
- Here's a Vander Laan article on Jesus' wilderness temptation.
- Here is my list of "shocking" Scriptures: "God's Devil"
- Here is Henri Nouwen on Jesus' "temptation to be relevant" (Remember that Nouwen equates to the temptations as the temptation to be relevant ("Turn these stones to bread."), to be spectacular ("Throw yourself from the temple."), and to be powerful ("I will give you the kingdoms of the world.")
Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. "I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
A - Trees with fruits saved and trees without fruits thrown into fir
B - He will baptize you with water
B' - He willl baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
A' - wheat into barns and chaff he will burn with fire.
As we continue to talk about culture, biblical culture(s) and ours:
- Here is a slidwshow I've added to the wesbite tabs at top (Greek vs. Hebrew thinking)
- Here is a recent article I wrote summariazing Leonard Sweet's EPIC acrostic
- Here is the Paul Hiebert "Gospel and Culture survey that our volunteers took in class Tues.
- Here is the slideshow summary of the Vander Lann video we'll show, "Gates of Hell" (Jesus and disciples confronting, and being counter-cultural to culture)
- Here is the slideshow summary of the Vander Lann video we'll show, "Language of Culture" (Jesus and discioles finding what is redemptive in culture)
"Pharisees separated from culture, Sadducees blended into the culture, Zealots ruled over culture, and the Essenes ignored culture....
The Pharisees were sectarian, developing an unending number of laws to seperate themselves from the common people. The Sadducees were syncretists, compromising their beliefs in order to blend into the culture. The Zealots misused culture as they attempted to usher in God’s kingdom through the use of force. The Essenes ignored culture altogether, retreating from society where they could seek mystical encounters with God in monkish privacy...
And so we see that sectarians love God but fail to love their neighbors, while syncretists love their neighbors but fail to love God."---------------------