Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sun. Aug. 12, 2012 (Bruce Hiebert)

Bruce Hiebert focused on the seemingly unusual relationship between the ascension of Jesus and economics. He noted some discrepancies between Luke’s gospel account and the description of the ascension in Acts. In Luke’s gospel account Jesus ascends on the day of his resurrection; in Acts he ascends 40 days later. Bruce maintained that “ascension” is a metaphor and could mean many things. The choice of Bethany reflects Luke’s anti-wealth thinking; it’s the site many of Jesus comments about the poor; “the poor you will always have with you.” The discussion raised questions about how we know truth, how we interpret events, and how we interpret scripture. How do we know when to take scripture literally, when metaphorically, and when humanly constructed? Discernment is important since truth can come to us in many forms. The upside down kingdom is here, let’s worship God and live it. [HN]

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