We can only cover so much during our Sunday morning teaching. There’s always so much more to the topic. If you are enjoying our current teaching series and want to go deeper, here are some places you can learn more.
Current Series: Stories of Surrender
Surrender is the foundation of the spiritual life. What is surrender? It is the letting go, unlearning, handing over, and the consenting to trust in something beyond ourselves. Jesus regularly describes following him in the journey of discipleship in this way. He says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”(Luke 9:23) This can be hard for us to hear. Surrender is a tough sell in our culture. Surrender may even feel like dying, and yet it is the necessary path to freedom. The great paradox of Christian spirituality is that it is in dying that we live, it’s in losing our false self that we discover our true self, and it’s in giving up that our deepest desires are finally sated. To follow Jesus is to go on the lifelong path of deepening surrender. This Lenten season at TMP, we are leaning into the theme of surrender through the parables of Jesus. Jesus often spoke about his Kingdom using parables— which are subversive stories that help us understand a new way of living. Every parable is an invitation to surrender. This Lent, you are invited to lean in to Jesus’ stories of surrender and to consider what it means to let go, unlearn, hand over, and trust. May we walk the road of surrender — and discover what Jesus has for us.
Kingdom, Grace, Judgement | Robert Farrar Capon
Here in one volume is Robert Farrar Capon’s widely praised trilogy on Jesus’ parables ? The Parables of the Kingdom, The Parables of Grace, and The Parables of Judgment. These studies offer a fresh, adventurous look at all of Jesus’ parables, treated according to their major themes. With the same authorial flair and daring insight that have earned him a wide readership, Capon admirably bridges the gap between the biblical world and our own, making clear both the original meaning of the parables and their continuing relevance today.
Luke for Everyone | N. T. Wright
Explore Jesus as teacher, healer and embodiment of compassion with renowned Bible scholar N. T. Wright. He unveils Luke’s gospel through an accessible translation and profound commentary, revealing its brilliance and historical importance. Luke for Everyone unveils one of early Christianity’s brilliant writings. Luke’s meticulous approach, conversation with key figures and examination of prior texts provide readers with the truth about Jesus. Luke, an educated historian, situates Jesus at the crossroads of the Jewish and Roman worlds of the first century.
The Parables of Jesus | David Wenham
Good news for the needy. Bad news for the power brokers. Jesus came into the world announcing a new order where Satan is overthrown and broken relationships are restored. Jesus’ most vivid portraits of this new kingdom are found in the parables. David Wenham explores the splendor and subtleties of Jesus’ world-changing message, offering a nontechnical but comprehensive look at dozens of Jesus’ stories. Bringing them to life by explaining their first-century religious and social setting, Wenham never fails to illumine their significance for today.
The Gospel of Luke: NICNT Commentary | Joel B. Green
This highly original commentary, part of the New International Commentary, is unique for the way it combines concerns with first-century culture in the Roman world with understanding the text of Luke as a wholistic, historical narrative.
Resources for Settlers
Why is reconciliation important?
We recognize the harms churches have committed in the name of Jesus to Indigenous people and communities, and we acknowledge our role as Mennonites in some of these harms. We also recognize that harms continue to be committed against Indigenous people and their lands by powerful forces in our society. May we stand with them in love and solidarity until true reconciliation is fully achieved.
These resources are a starting place to encourage settlers in our faith community to educate themselves, and to personally commit to being people of reconciliation. God, we pray that this knowledge would guide our words, our hearts and our actions.
A Prayer of Reconciliation
Holy One, Creator of all that is, seen and unseen,
of story and of song, of heartbeat and of tears
of bodies, souls, voices and all relations:
you are the God of all truth and the way of all reconciliation.
Uphold with your love and compassion all who open their lives
in the sacred sharing of their stories
breathe in us the grace to trust in your loving forgiveness,
that we may face our histories with courage;
touch us through the holy gift of story
that those who speak and those who listen may behold your own redeeming presence;
guide us with holy wisdom to enter through the gates of remorse
that our feet may walk gently and firmly on the way of justice and healing.