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Did Jesus walk this earth as a man, or did he have supernatural traits?

As I work through a bible study I struggle to give it a title that draws people in. It does not take me long to get thoroughly disgusted because this idea of making things marketable, is part of what has brought our churches to the apostate condition they are now. I thought my title should be, “Are you out Jesus, superhero capes?” This was the actual question was proposed before the group - “did Jesus walk this earth as a man, or did he have supernatural traits?” It is a fair question, but sadly, it comes out of misinformation, a lack of proper teaching, and a failure of people to read their bibles for themselves (that of course implies that in reading you are reading for depth, asking questions of what you read, and looking up the answers for yourselves. Let me give you an example of the misinformation we spread. As children we learned about David and Goliath. The story always came with visuals, as well as verbal descriptions. The image painted of David was that he is a cute, little 12…

Problems with a parable

I want to talk about a parable that has been on my mind. The reasons why will become clear. I am using Eugene Peterson's Message for the parable, Common vineyard (ca. 1910) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) not because I am thrilled with it but it is broken down in a clear way, and he uses a dollar, something we can relate to. However, the parable, no matter what the translation, has nothing to with money; it is more about the manager's choice to pay everyone that worked, our future in eternity, and how poorly we react when things do not go the way we thought they should. Jesus had been talking about end times, so this parable is just a continuation of the theme. "God's kingdom is like an estate manager who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. They agreed on a wage of a dollar a day, and went to work. "Later, about nine o'clock, the manager saw some other men hanging around the town square unemployed. He told them to go to work in his vineyard a…