This week Rev. Beverly Gibson and Johnny Gwin look at the nature of allegiance. Most of us have heard and comprehended the meaning of “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,” but what is our debt to God? The answer to this profound teaching, from the Gospel of Matthew, is found more in Jesus’s unspoken parallel than what he said. What is God’s image imprinted upon? God’s image is upon “us.” We are what is owed to our Heavenly Emperor. More specifically, giving our physical and spiritual presence to Him, ourselves and others is the true debt that is owed.
Also discussed in this episode:
> Jesus’s handling of those that are conspiring against him
> Jesus’s rabbinical teaching method
> The human and divine nature of Jesus
> God’s greatest gift to the world and His followers.
Pulpit To Pew wants to congratulate Christ Church Cathedral parishioner Carl Cunningham Jr. and the young men of the Kappa League of Mobile for earning their National Chapter of the Year Award. Your presence at Sunday services is always a gift, and thanks for sharing your achievements. Your diligence and accomplishments are an inspiration to our whole community.
> Carl Cunningham, Jr. and the young men Kappa League of Mobile and their success, 12 million in scholarships and the National Jay Crosby Award joined us at service
> Rev. Marshall Craver as a new addition to the Christ Church Cathedral family and the adult education program
> The Pharisees and Herodians laying a trap for Jesus in the gospel of Matthew
> Is it lawful to pay taxes to the Emperor or not?
> Jesus in true Rabbinical tradition answers a question with another question
> The image on the emperor’s coin
> If the coin belongs to the emperor what does God own?
> What does God have his image on? Us.
> Tithing and “the more” that is asked of God
> The sharing of each other’s presence
> Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons in ourselves and others?
> How Rev. Gibson prepares for the podcast when she doesn’t deliver a sermon
> Rev. Craver’s earthly father’s advice of never to speak of politics, religion, and money in public
> Facebook seems to break Rev. Craver’s sound fatherly advice
> How we are not too different from the Pharisees and the Herodians
>Herodians and Pharisees make strange bedfellows aligning together against Jesus
> What does God have his image on
> The profound teaching is the unspoken parallel of what is not said
> The light and dark side (Star Wars reference) of ourselves and one another
> Arguing the exact nature of Jesus – fully human, fully divine, or both
> God’s great compassion is giving his only son as a human being and sending him to live and die among us
> What was Jesus like during the time he was finding his way in life from the age of 13 to 30
> We all were or are trying to discover our calling during our teens and twenties
> Seeing Jesus in the people around us and sitting next to us
> The divine in the human being is transcendent in many many religions
> Is our soul the divine within each and every one of us
> Johnny’s need to explore William Blake other than his knowledge of this great artist from the Hannibal and Red Dragon movies
> The Men of Kappa League wearing the garments of righteousness and inspiration
> Big things are very important, but it is those little things that make us know we are loved
> Nick Saban and The Process – nothing is minuscule, it’s all important
> God is in the details or is the Devil in the details
> Workaholism and the temptation of working to help others instead of working on ourselves
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