“Why” is probably a question we have all asked at some point, especially after natural or moral disaster. In the parable of the fig tree in Luke 13:1-9, people approach Jesus asking the same question, “Why?” Jim Somerville, pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church points out that Jesus has a penchant for making things personal and pointed. Those Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with their sacrifices? That could be you. Those eighteen who perished when the tower of Siloam fell on them? That could be you. The fig tree that the vineyard owner wants to cut down? That could be you. What can spare you from that fate? Listen and find out.
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Amy Butler is the Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City and a popular preacher, speaker, and writer. Follow her on Twitter @PastorAmyTRC.
Michael Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (USA), the author of Crazy Christians, and now a regular feature at royal weddings and state funerals.
Brian McLaren is a speaker, an activist, and bestselling author of More Ready than you Realize, We Make the Road by Walking, and, most recently, The Great Spiritual Migration.
Will Willimon is a retired bishop in the United Methodist Church, a powerful preacher, and a prolific author. His most recent book is: Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism.