Season 15: Lent Week 6 | Living Between Two Passions

We have arrived at Palm Sunday and this week Ruth and Steve discuss the disorienting swing the people create between hailing Jesus as King and calling for his crucifixion in a matter of days. It brought us to wonder, in what ways do we create our own agendas to put on Jesus, and how do we fall into the temptation to make Jesus the King we want him to be rather than allow ourselves to be challenged by the King he actually is? As we move into Holy Week, this conversation will challenge us to consider the ways we make Jesus into our own image and provide practices to combat that tendency.

Lectionary Readings for the sixth Sunday of Lent, Cycle C:

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Music Credit:
Kingdom Come by Aaron Niequist
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus from Lent Music In Solitude

Mentioned in the episode:
Jesus Before Christianity by Albert Nolan
What Every Christian Should Know About the Jewishness of Jesus by Rabbi Evan Moffic
(These were not mentioned in the episode but are excellent resources for studying the historical Jesus.)

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