February 20, 2010

John the Baptist @ Lent

Posted in better disciples at 10:00 PM by alexlozada

Because my girls had a two hour delayed school start, I was able to attend a Fri 6:30a men’s small group yesterday at Open Door Cafe. They are using the Nooma video series by Rob Bell; yesterday’s was “Bullhorn.” At one point, the free-flowing discussion compared the confrontational “Repent!” message of John the Baptist with the stereotype sidewalk shouter in “Bullhorn.”

The last third of Luke 3 is Jesus’ genealogy – I admit that I didn’t reflect very much on that part during my morning Lenten reading. I did pay more attention to Luke’s description of John the Baptist because of the discussion from the morning before. John’s emphasizes “fruit in keeping with repentance” – his examples include demonstrating charity and integrity (especially as it relates to work, i.e. tax collectors and soldiers [probably closer to what we think of as local law enforcement, not Roman legionaries]).

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