Archive for Saturday, January 30, 2010

Faith Forum: What’s your favorite story from the Bible?

January 30, 2010


Two disciplines find Jesus on the road to Emmaus

The Rev. Kent Winters-Hazelton, senior pastor, First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway:

Late in the afternoon on Easter, two of the disciples of Jesus were on the road to Emmaus, a small village about two hours from Jerusalem. They had heard the rumors circulating among the followers of Jesus that he had come to life again. On the road, caught somewhere between distress and bewilderment, between knowing and yet not knowing, they come upon a stranger and fell into a conversation with him about the sudden events of the past few days. Arriving at Emmaus, they invited the stranger to join them for the evening meal. The stranger took the bread on the table and broke it, and as he did so, the disciples recognized the risen Jesus with them. (Luke 24:13-35)

I think this is a story of great drama, mystery, humor and understanding. It appears as a parable for the predicament of modern women and men who find religious faith more a mystery than a certainty. These two disciples model for us the challenge and difficulty posed by the story of the resurrection. They knew Jesus, heard his teachings, saw his activities among the poor, the ill, the disenfranchised, and yet to them, the news of Easter was difficult to absorb and impossible to comprehend. Somewhat dazed, they moved on in life. It was when they saw something tangible, the sacramental action of breaking the bread, faith in practice, that it began to dawn on them that something very powerful, very holy, very central to the core of life was happening before them.

Embracing the image, sounds and touch of the Holy in the space of our ordinary may at times throw us off stride, challenge our perspective, or draw us into a new awareness of life. But we continue the journey, just like two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

— Send e-mail to Kent Winters-Hazelton at

The lost son a parable of God’s forgiveness

Rod Hinkle, pastor, North Lawrence Christian Church, 647 Elm St.:

There are many great and true Bible stories about Jesus that space does not allow me to tell, but the short story that I love the most is one that Jesus told, found in Luke 15:11-32.

Jesus said a certain man had two sons whom he loved dearly. The younger son came to him one day asking for his share of the inheritance, one-third of his father’s property. So the father, out of love and respect for his son, gave him his share. The son took the money and went far away from home where he spent his inheritance in “riotous living.” Then a great famine occurred and the son was starving, so he hired himself out to feed pigs. For a Jewish boy that was truly disgraceful. In his great need he “came to himself.” Realizing that he had sinned against his father and against God, he decided to go home, throw himself on his father’s mercy and ask to be one of his father’s hired hands.

Although we know this story as “The Prodigal Son,” it is obviously the story of our Heavenly Father’s love, forgiveness and joy at the return of his children. Thus the Lord Jesus taught that there is great joy in heaven over one sinner who repents and comes home. Reconciliation with God is wonderful.

— Send e-mail to Rod Hinkle at


anon1958 8 years, 2 months ago

Well the brother sister incest between Abraham and his wife is always good for a laugh at the moralistic fundamentalist Christians that think he was a great man. Of course he made a prostitute of her twice. Then of course the less repeated aftermath of the destruction of sodom and gomorrah is pretty lude. You will recall that after the angels saved Lot that his two daughters got him drunk, had intercourse with him ubtil they were both knocked up.

Then again there was the story about how the first thing Noah did after the flood was get down to business making a vinyard so he could get bombed out of his mind. I dont blame him, must have sucked to shovel all that crap during the boat ride. Of course the "good" part is when he gets several sheets into the wind and is lying in his tent when one of his sons accidentality sees him naked. The old geezer Noah was what we now call a "mean" drunk, the son was ratted out by his brothers and Noah cursed his son and all of his descendants for all time.

Then if you prefer to read some hardcore violent stories there are the war crimes that Moses and his team committed during the first Operation Desert storm. I daresay that Moses and his army committed more heinous war crimes than the combined team of Hitler, Mussolini, Milosevic, bin Laden and Saddamn Hussein. It is all right there laid out unapologetically in the old testament.

An interesting story in the new testament is when jesus confined some demonic spirits into some pigs and then made the pigs drown themselves! I mean what was up with that? Those pigs belonged to someone I hope they were reimbursed. Now if you pulled that ind of animal cruelty crap here in Lawrence, were talking jail time, and rightly so! PETA protests not withstanding why didnt Jesus just banish the evil spirits or drown them directly. The whole deal with the pigs was just showing off.

So much great sex and violence in the Bible! Who needs the internet!

lindseydoyle 8 years, 2 months ago

anon- You don't know much about the Bible if you refer to "Moses and his army." Moses never entered Canaan.

Olympics 8 years, 2 months ago

The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.

Mithra: born 12/25, 12 disciples, died-rose on 3rd day, performed miracles, known as Lamb, "the way the truth the light" 600 yrs before JC

Krishna: virgin birth, baptized in river,raised dead,carpenter son,persecuted,crucified,ascended to heaven. 1,000 yrs before u-know-who

Horus: announced by star in east on Dec 25, attended by 3 wise men , died, resurrected, mom a virgin

Buddha: 12 disciples, walked on water, fed 500 from 'small basket of cakes',healed the sick...his mom? A virgin you see a pattern here?

jonas_opines 8 years, 2 months ago

Surprised no one's jumped on them for calling them stories yet.

equalaccessprivacy 8 years, 2 months ago

Job--an apt parable of my life in Lawrence and the hypocritical-type ethics the Powers that Be seem to hold here.

lindseydoyle 8 years, 2 months ago

I am sure we are all humbled by the vast wisdom of the atheists.

Christine Anderson 8 years, 2 months ago

My favorite is the one about the "Talking Jackass". I do take it literally, because it's obvious jackasses are still speaking today.

fastwalker 8 years, 2 months ago

'read the bible four times. i caynt understand all of et.' begat begat and begat, lo and behold, someone says some stuff.

jonas_opines 8 years, 2 months ago

Disthat: I agree but cmon, this is the ljworld forum.

BorderRuffian 8 years, 2 months ago

Wow! It looks like misplacedcheesehead finally named the patron saint of Larryville, and himself in the process:

misplacedcheesehead (Anonymous) says…

"My favorite is the one about the “Talking Jackass”. I do take it literally, because it's obvious jackasses are still speaking today."

Well spoken, misplacedcheesehead, well named and well-spoken. I shall forever think of you whenever someone uses the term "Jackass." In a Christian sort of way, of course.

Christine Anderson 8 years, 2 months ago

Uh, BorderRuffian, what the Hades did I ever do to you??

beatrice 8 years, 2 months ago

That end one where all the Christians get disappearded all at once.

Favorite bumper sticker: "In case of Rapture, can I have your car?"

RoeDapple 8 years, 2 months ago


Don't you know it's sacrilegious to cause distractions during a KU / K State game??


Christine Anderson 8 years, 2 months ago

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Cait McKnelly 8 years, 2 months ago

Mary Magdalene, the thirteenth and forgotten apostle. But what else are wives for? Interesting to note that it was she and "the other Mary" (presumably his mother) who sat shiva at Jesus' tomb. This is the role of a wife, people! She couldn't even have presumed to do such a thing otherwise. And this poor lady was vilified for over a thousand years as a "whore".

Mike Ford 8 years, 2 months ago

for years I had to listen to my racist grandfather speak of the slaves obey your masters and man shall not lie with man rants allegedly in HIS bible and in the bible of every other fundy fox watching old tyme religion snake handling world ending democratic hating zealot wishing for the repeal of the 13th,14th, and 15th amendments that lived in Metarie Louisiana. I don't wish my childhood memories upon anyone except posters like Barry Penders.

puddleglum 8 years, 2 months ago

this is serious, folks. I am really disappointed in all of you people mocking the lord jesus and christianity from behind your little computers. Do you really think this is gonna help you out when you get to the gates? why do you have to make fun of other peoples' beliefs? the topic was serious, and I just don't see why you 'christians gone bad' can't figure out that you just don't need to hurt others' feelings. now, the thread was simple: what's your favorite story from the bible? mine is the one never written. A few years ago, i was walking along a dirt road in North carolina and the ghost of dale earnhardt appeared. we compared driving styles, scripture and moustaches and lets just say that we got along pretty good. amen.

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