Teaching In Context…

Fr Kamal Farah teaching us at Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus first told his disciples he was the Messiah (Matthew 16)

Hello friends . . . grace and peace,

Today we are reminded of the scene in The Princess Bride when Inigo Montoya is asked many questions in rapid fire by Westley.  Inigo responds by saying, “Let me explain . . . no, there is too much.  Let me sum up.”

Click HERE to see the 2 minute clip. (if you want)

the mountains of northern Israel

It is not possible for us to share with you all that we have learned.  The primary reason for this is because we are learning to read the teachings of Jesus in a contextualized way.  That is to say, we aren’t reading the bible and trying to apply it right away.  Rather, we are hearing the stories and learning to put them in the historical, cultural, and (yes, it’s true) topographical contexts in which they were written.  Our professor has said several times things like, “And now, we read this passage and because we see the hills and the seas, we understand, yes?”

the Sea of Galilee

This is not something that can be understood by reading a book.  Nor can it be learned by watching a video or seeing pictures.  It must be experienced.  Our goal, upon our return, is to participate with our friends and neighbors in sharing the stories we have heard and bringing a bit of fresh wind to our lives in Christ.

We have learned that there is no end to the depths in which God’s Word goes.  There is always something to learn.  There is always more to understand.  Our faith is not frozen.  It is alive.  It’s going somewhere.  It advances and progresses into the future and is not stuck in the past. It moves with the Spirit/Breath/Wind of God.  (yes, the same word in Hebrew & Greek means all three of those words)

We pray that God’s Spirit/Breath/Wind moves you to exciting new places with God today!!

peace to you

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