“But when you see the Desolating Sacrilege set up where it ought not to be…” -Mark 13:14 Well, that is a sermon that I have not heard preached!! As a matter of fact, I can’t remember ever hearing this term before. It struck me pretty hard. What does this mean? Why haven’t I paid attention to this before? So, I did a little research and thinking. I first started by exploring the context. This seems to fall in the middle of Jesus’ instructions to his followers about preparing for the end. He......
We are called to study and read scripture for ourselves. Rather than having tests of faith and creedal statements, we critically and thoughtfully study scripture, taking into account the history and background – the context – in which it was written. This statement is part of the identity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the group of churches with which our church is in a covenant relationship (sometimes called a denomination). In fact, most protestant churches were founded on similar statements believing that every person has the right and the ability to read, study......