Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:20 pm

Good fishermen increasingly hard to come by

Filed under: Religion — Lex @ 7:20 pm

I’m in the middle of a six-week session of teaching elementary-age kids at our church about Jesus’ calling of disciples. We’re working primarily from Mark 1:14-20, wherein Jesus invites four fishermen to join him and, without apparent hesitation, they do, walking away from homes and livelihoods. This is the “I will make you fishers of men” passage. (UPDATE: Previous post on the perils of translating this passage into modern English here.)

What, I’ve been asking the kids, would it take for you to agree to follow some perfect stranger? And they’ve been responding along the lines of, “No way! I’d yell for the police!” or, at the least, “I’d have to check with my parents.”

Yet more evidence that we’re not living in biblical times, on a number of levels.

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