This coming Sunday, June 2 our Gospel reading will be Mark 2:23-3:6 where Jesus has a discussion/debate with some Pharisees over observance of the Sabbath. Sometimes those of us outside the Jewish Tradition oversimplify things between Jesus, the Pharisees and the Torah. Dr. Amy Jill Levine, who Pastor Chris and I had a chance to hear last year at Clemson, teaches New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt and brings some wonderful insights. A YouTube recording of her presenting at the Westminster Town Hall Forum in 2015 on the topic “Who Did They Say He Was: Jesus in Text and Context” is a great place to start. Happy viewing!

God’s peace,
Pastor Jon