September 20, 2015

B43: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B (2015)

Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren, speaker, activist, and bestselling author of More Ready Than You Realize, We Make the Road by Walking, The Great Spiritual Migration, and, most recently, Faith After Doubt, preaches from Mark 9:30-37. He starts by explaining that, most often, we are riding the escalator up while Jesus is riding it down. The disciples were intent on climbing the ladder of success while Jesus was even more determined to descend the ladder of service. Jesus turns our questions of what we are trying to achieve, what it means to get ahead, and what it means to be at the top upside down. So, how do we get on the right escalator? How do we climb the right ladder? Brian McLaren has some ideas…