"All spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth."
" When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. "
Five verses. That's all that separates "all" speaking well of Jesus and "all" being filled with wrath and ready to throw Jesus off a cliff.
Some say pastors take "awkward pills", and I guess I understand what they mean. Church can be a pretty awkward place. Let's face it, here's a place where we're supposed to be all excited about Jesus, who is the main attraction. But none of us really knows what that excitement is supposed to look or sound like.
We sing songs to try and express our feelings. Someone prepares a weekly lecture that's supposed to hype us up and make us want to tell others about Jesus or make us more Christ-like. We have seminars -- even for little children -- because we want to teach each other how to be like Jesus. We even set up a weekly coffee reception so we'll hang around and talk about Jesus with one another.
But imagine what it would be like to be the person leading the singing on a Sunday or giving the lecture or teaching the seminar? At the beginning, everything's going great. Everyone loves the first five minutes. But when you get to the part where you talk about sin or about us being separated from God if we don't know Jesus all of a sudden everyone in the church starts to throw things at you! Now that's awkward!
But seriously... what do you find awkward or strange about church... not about faith in Jesus... about church. We all agree that Jesus is the "Hometown Kid" who made good. Write back and let's talk.
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