Jesus and Justice

Okay, I lied. I gave Columbus the benefit of the doubt in my last post saying it was more likely that Columbus was simply bad at math and not a swindler. Having now read more of the Columbus story, I need to retract that statement. Plain and simple, it is far more likely that Columbus was a crook. If that is too strong, then let me just say, he was a horrible human being.  Consider the evidence. He was a terrible sea captain (half of his voyages ended in dismal failure). He was notoriously cruel (natives who did not bring in a sufficient amount of gold would have their hands cut off). He trafficked in slaves. He and his crew spread disease which almost eradicated the entire Taino population (how do you spell “genocide”?). As governor, he was both utterly corrupt and tyrannical (as a result of his thieving and

Jesus: The Justice of God

This sermon is based on Luke 4:16-20. SERIES OVERVIEW:       Years ago, "The Who" asked, “Who are you?” (and if you are not right now chanting, “Who, who, who, who?” in response, you are either way too young or way too humdrum).  It’s a fun song, but more importantly, it’s a great question.  It was also an important question 2000 years ago as the people tried to figure out who Jesus was.  But how Jesus answered the “who” question is interesting. He didn’t lecture us to correct our misunderstandings.       Instead, he gave us images and metaphors and word pictures.  He called himself the “Bread of Life.”  He wore the criticism, “friend of sinners,” as a badge of honor.  He proclaimed to all that he was “the good shepherd.”  He declared that he was the Messiah, and he announced that he was Israel’s king. Here’s the point: all of these images (and the

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