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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 26, 2017

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SATURDAY, August 26

Acts 25:19 Instead they had certain points of disagreement with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who had died, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.

There is strangeness in hearing the nuances of your own tradition explained by an outsider. Agrippa and Festus are not very interested in Paul’s theology, and they have little reason to be curious about him or Jesus. Paul is inconvenient enough, and they would probably just let the Judeans kill him if he were not a citizen. Paul falls between the cracks of two cultures—neither fully Judean nor fully Roman—despite his claims in later epistles.

Paul is the first citizen of a new culture that takes the life and teachings of Jesus to strange and foreign shores. As descendants of that new culture, we must force ourselves to stand outside of it from time to time and ask ourselves why we say the things we say and do the things we do. Maybe in the process, we can recover the simplicity of our joy—this beautiful and singular Jesus died, and now lives, and we follow him.

MOVING FORWARD: What are some traditions in the church or in our culture that you’d like to re-examine or re-evaluate in your heart and mind?

PRAY for the Diocese of Rupert’s Land (Canada)

Ps 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104 | 2 Samuel 23:1-7, 13-17 Acts 25:13-27 | Mark 13:1-13

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