Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine reminds us, was a Jew.
"Sam," the voice on the phone said, simply. I was transported back 25 years.
Most people who serve as church leaders realize what an important time it is in our religious landscape. Because of demographic, generational, technological and economic shifts, we realize that many churches are coming to the end of their seasons. In this important moment, we will need leaders who can experiment, create, test and plant.
Is exaggerated violence in Passion plays merely a product of our baser natures? Or does the savagery actually have a proper place in the crucifixion's meaning?
At one end of Matthew, Jesus goes free. At the other, cruel, ritualized slaughter befalls him.