This Sunday our guest preacher is Rev. Sean Chow. His sermon is titled "Singing the Lord's Song" and the Bible readings are Psalm 137: 1-4 and Matthew 25: 31-46. The hymns are "All Things Bright and Beautiful" (GTG No. 20), "Glory Be to the Father" (GTG No. 581), and "Give Praise to the Lord" (GTG No. 550). Rev. Suzanne Malloy will be liturgist and Erin McKibben and Natasha Kislenko will be leading in music.
This Sunday we will continue the series, “GOD & IMPERIAL POWER: Jesus & Economic Injustice” with the third lecture by Dr. Crossan titled “The Resurrection of Jesus: Personal or Communal Vindication.” “Sometimes,” Dr. Crossan says, “the question is put like this: If you had put the television cameras in front of the tomb on Easter Sunday, would you have seen Jesus come out? Yes, or No?” (audience laughs) “Don’t laugh,” he continues, “that was the title of an actual conference on the subject.” Crossan then says, “The way I put the question is this; why is the western [Christian] tradition so different from the eastern [Christian] tradition? You might find it useful to check out terms like, Enlightenment, Pre-Enlightenment, and Post-Enlightenment.”
In this series, John Dominic Crossan and Joerg Rieger expand our awareness of the historic collusion between Christianity and the empires of the west, from Jesus’ non-violent program of resistance to Roman Imperialism under Augustus, to the imperialistic “partnerships” of the 21st Century. Individually, these two scholars are powerhouses. Together, they are explosive.