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The Deconstructed Faith of Peter and Judas (Part 2)
Peter and Judas went through faith deconstruction. Many people in the Bible and today go through it and only some end up with new faith on the other side of "the wall". Pentecost moves the church forward—the direct empowerment/experience of the Holy Spirit making Jesus real. We don’t often grow from these deconstruction moments because of forces at work to keep us deconstructing—both within the church and outside of it. Post-deconstruction faith looks different, it's love-based, and it has a higher level of trust and risk and learns to ask better questions.
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Narrative Lectionary for Week of April 18
PRE-EASTER DECONSTRUCTION VERSE-BY-VERSE
Betrayal and Arrest
Luke 22:47-48 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd appeared, and the man named Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He walked up to Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Luke 22:49-50 When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should we use our swords?” Then one of them struck the high priest’s slave, cutting off his right ear.
Luke 22:51 But Jesus said, “Enough of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
Luke 22:52-53 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come out to get him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs like you would against an outlaw? Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts, you did not arrest me. But this is your hour, and that of the power of darkness!”
Luke 22:54-62 PETER'S DENIAL
Luke 22:54-55 “entered the high priest’s house”
Luke 22:55 “middle of the courtyard...Peter sat...”
Luke 22:56-57 “slave girl saw him...‘this one was also with him!’...he denied, ‘I do not know him, woman!’”
Luke 22:58 “after a short while, another...‘you are one of them also!’...‘Man I am not!’”
Luke 22:59-60 “after about an hour”...another was firmly insisting...‘the one was indeed with him, for he is also a Galilean!”...‘Man, I do not know what you are saying!’ Immediately, while he was speaking, the rooster crowed...”
Luke 22:61 “The Lord turned and looked at Peter...Peter then remembered the word of the lord.. 'before the cock crows tonight you will deny me three times.’”
Luke 22:62 “and he went out and wept bitterly”
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION
(some questions are from NT Wright study guide)