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But, Why the Pigs

Earlier this week, I had a text message conversation with my mama.

Me: I have your favorite Bible story this Sunday.
Mama: Yea?
Me: When Jesus casts the demons into the pigs and then they jump off the cliff.
Mama: No!!! Bad!!! Possessing and killing pigs is bad!!!

My mama can intimately relate to the pig farmers in our passage, who are displeased by the actions of Jesus resulting in the loss of their hogs and lively-hood. My mama was and is proud to have been an Indiana pig farmer, who also unfortunately lost the entire herd in one night when lightening struck the metal silo where the pigs were cuddled together.

So, my mama always asks: Why the pigs? What did they ever do to deserve it?

And so, I decided to explore ‘why the pigs’ more deeply this week and I learned there are multiple, significant levels of symbolism.

So, why did Jesus allow these demons to enter into living things instead of an one-way ticket back to the fires of hell? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2019 in Sermons

 

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Legion through Orlando

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Our texts this week comes from Isaiah 65 and Luke 8.

In the gospel, Jesus encounters a man with a demonic possession. He is roaming the wilderness naked and he is living in a tomb. Jesus asks the demon, ‘what is your name?’ and the demon responses ‘Legion for we are many’.

I find the concept of demons hard to accept, because the notion of a pure source of evil make me uncomfortable. And when I have texts like this Legion text, I have to discern how literal and how figuratively to interpret it. As I walked my dog this week, it came to me. “We are Legion, we are one but we are many”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2016 in Sermon Summaries

 

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