A shorter passage today, but one that is filled with extreme imagery. Since the passage, and the podcast, are shorter, I encourage you to take a little extra time to read about these extreme images.
Self-mutilation is serious business, so why would Jesus use such language? Dr. Alyce McKenzie, from Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX states, "Obviously, no one is a biblical literalist. Otherwise there would be a lot more people with one eye, one hand, or one foot. While we don't take these sayings literally, we are to take them seriously."
Take some time to read Dr. McKenzie's commentary on this passage. It might open you to a whole new understanding of the text.
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Published: 10/15/2019 1:00 AM
Elizabeth does not take no for an answer. She's determined, driven, and does not give up. If you need someone in your corner, I'd suggest Elizabeth. She goes to bat for the things and people she believes in, and she's notorious for getting things done. She's loud but listens well. She's sarcastic but supportive, confident but willing to learn. Elizabeth is a pastor, preacher, teacher and in her spare time a wife and mother to three kids. She loves to share a good meal, but be forewarned, she'll definitely be late.
He brings his own french press coffee with him wherever he goes, but happily shares it with anyone who needs a pick me up. His dreads have a power all their own. He'll call you on your BS, but in a way that makes you grateful for his wisdom. He's the guy you want to hang out with over any kind of beverage. His favorite non-holiday is Pentecost, and the Holy Spirit is his jam. He's a pastor, a wise-man, a husband, a father of two girls, a caffeine addict, a native Missourian, and an advocate for justice. He hates wearing shoes.
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