Text: Luke 24:36b-48
Hand and foot prints (Photo credit: Irregular Shed)
He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
If you are in a small group suggest that the participants divide into pairs and sit down across from one another a bit away from the group. In silence have them in turn take the hands of the other to inspect, explore, and feel. Give it time so people can get over the initial embarrassment. No talking. Bring the group back together and invite each person to say what it was like to hold and examine the hands of their partner. Continue reading
Text: Acts 4:32-35
There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
Security spikes protect a gated community in the East End of London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The questions asked in the Exploring the Patterns portion of today’s lesson in BibleWorkbench ask us to explore our attitudes toward money and the concrete relationship between economics and the Kingdom of God—an essential exercise that I dare say most of us would rather skip. Christianity means very little if these issues of economic justice are ignored. There are other layers of meaning in the text, however. And I invite you to also look at the non-material patterns of selling, spending, saving, and sharing that exist in your relationships with others and self. Continue reading