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Some really good things happening at Redeemer...

5th Sunday Potluck

This Sunday we will gather after worship to share a meal. It’s Redeemer’s 5th Sunday Potluck, and I hope you can join us. Tableware and bottled water will be provided. If you’d like something grapier, feel free to bring a bottle to share. Please sign up to bring a main dish AND a side dish or dessert here.

Seven-week study in the Gospel of Mark

Sundays 8:45-9:45 AM, beginning October 7 Facilitated by Brian Russell and Steve Wishart

Mark’s Gospel is the shortest and sharpest of the early stories about Jesus. It’s believed to be the first of the four Gospels written, and it has all the zip and punch of a quick story that’s meant to grab you by the collar and make you face the truth about Jesus, about God, and about yourself.

We’ll be using N. T. Wright’s “Mark for Everyone” Bible study guide (available on Amazon for $10) for this discussion-based study.

Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch

Saturday October 20 9am-1pm (Rain date: Saturday, October 27)

All are welcome at this family-friendly morning helping our friends Dale and Medora prepare their home for Winter ensuring their property remains safe and accessible in the cold and ice.

You can easily register for either or both of these events here.

Reductio ad Absurdum

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus seemingly offers a fairly extreme way to avoid wrongdoing.

Apparently, if you sufficiently dismember yourself, you won’t be able to take any wrong action. This is, at least, the logic by which Jesus reduces the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees to the absurd.

In their view, the law could be satisfied, and thus goodness attained, if you simply avoided sinning. You’re “right” if you’ve done nothing “wrong.” You could keep from sinning if you simply eliminated the bodily parts that make sinful actions possible. You’d stay out of hell, but you’d roll into heaven a mutilated stump.

Ouch.

See you Sunday.

Steve+