Perhaps today's blog post title is a bit flippant. But it hints at some of the alternative responses our people may have to our texts. (And if your congregation is like mine, we have people all across the theological spectrum in terms of church background and biblical fluency.) Will Jesus' predictions about the trials and tribulations of God's people elicit end-times anxiety? Or will there be some surreptitious sighing and eye-rolling among people jaded by a relatively affluent and comfortable society, and/or by irritation with more lurid/fanciful/politicized interpretations of biblical eschatology in parts of Christian pop culture?
Are our other texts any help? Or will one of them actually provide the focal point of your message this Sunday? Or are you going off the lectionary altogether?
As always, the rest of us are interested in your impressions of the texts and your plans for engaging them in worship this week. Please share your thoughts right here!