March 29, 2015
Texts: Mark 11:1-11; John 12:12-16
From the Model Minority to the Mass Movement
One of my favorite things to read over the years has been the Christian Century series “How My Mind Has Changed." These occasional pieces by well-known theologians, ethicists and faith leaders explore how their thought has transformed over the course of their life experience. Countering the tendency for intellectual work to be too abstract, they explore how inhabiting the world has led them to re-imagine the way they understand and seek to describe it. And while I don't count myself among this illustrious group, I want to take some time today to consider how my own mind has changed over the past five or so years.
In particular, and as we begin Holy Week with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, I want to reflect on how my understanding of Jesus' mission—and thus what our own might be—has been transformed. I want us to think together about why it is that so many gathered in celebration of this unlikely king, this un-king, this harbinger of the kin-dom. And I want us to consider how that infectious energy, one that drew people together from every diverse corner of life, might yet envelop us in the here and now, re-shaping and radically expanding our vision of who we are and what we are called to become as a community of faith.