For the first and only time (at least in the gospel of Luke) Jesus argues with Sadducees. And the Sadducees, despite all their accomplishments and activities, are identified not in terms of what they have done, or what they believe, but only in terms of what they deny. They are anti-resurrection, and this, as Jacob Jervell points out, puts them outside (as far as Luke is concerned) of the family of Israel. Of course, the Sadducees were Jewish, but some Pharisees (and some Christians like Luke) did not think so. And all because of the importance of the resurrection.
A lot of people in today's world have the belief that the kingdom of heaven is an extension of the good things in this life. How do we grasp what life in the kingdom really is?
As we wrestle with the question of resurrection and afterlife, especially as we prepare to honor our veterans, many who have given their lives serving our country, what does all of this have to do with us today?
Listen as Pastor Nancy brings to light answers to these questions and others in this weeks podcast.