Must Read Monday: Holy Week, The Emerging Generation, and What it Means to be a ParentMarch 26, 2018
Readings for Holy Week
Today is the Monday of Holy Week so we must begin with a must read from the Gospels about the last week of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. ICYMI, go back and read John 12:1-36. Today’s events are understood to include those captured in Mark 11:12-19. Tomorrow, read Matthew 21:20-25:46. Wednesday, read Luke 21:37-22:2. Thursday Read John 13:1-17:26. On Good Friday, read John 18:2-19:42.
There are no readings for Saturday for this is the day that everyone who knew Jesus spent wondering what in the world was going on. Meditate on the deep grief of the first disciples and the desperation in which we would be living had that awful Saturday never ended. On Sunday we will celebrate Easter. Readings for Sunday from all four Gospels: Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-53 and John 20:1-21:25.
As we celebrate this Holy Week, let us remember the very real suffering of our Christian sisters and brothers around the world. Sin remains a pervasive reality and people suffer the consequences of man’s inhumanity to man every moment of every day. Jesus’ followers continue to live under severe persecution around the world.
Beginning to see and understand an emerging generation through the lens of the March for Our Lives
Hundreds of thousands of teenagers and supportive adults marched in Washington D.C. in the March for Our Lives. More than a million marched in hundreds of cities across the United States and thousands more marched in cities around the world. What do they want? To be safe from the threat of mass shootings in America’s schools. That is a reasonable expectation but the unreasonable reality of sin has produced instead an era in which children and teens live in fear of being gunned down at school.
Much of the change that lawmakers and school administrators are implementing feels punitive toward those who obey the law: limiting points of entry to schools, requiring I.D. badges and clear backpacks. It will be interesting to see how much privacy and freedom students are willing to exchange for security. The “rights” battle is entering a new phase.
“So what?” you ask. Well, Remington Outdoor filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday.
What it means to be a parent is no longer apparent
UK court rules that two platonic, legally married people, living in separate homes, one of whom is gay, are the legal parents of a child brought into the world through foreign surrogacy. This is not just a conversation about what it means to be a parent, but what it means to be married. It is also a conversation about surrogacy and then foreign surrogacy. So many issues here to unpack!
- A married couple who have a platonic relationship and live in different homes have been made the legal parents of a child born following a foreign surrogacy arrangement.
Just read that sentence again and ask yourself, what is marriage? What is a parent? What’s the Christian worldview on surrogacy and what are the moral questions we ought to be asking about foreign surrogacy? The current issue of Christianity Today tackles these issues. CT is worth the price of the subscription.