We are meeting at the Bottle Shop (2116 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX) for conversation tonight. I am going to get some Quesa-D-Yas on their way as soon as we can. Delicious stuff. Our question, though, is a tough one. I’m not sure where we will go with it yet:
Did Jesus understand himself to be God, in line with God, or something else? Did he understand this from birth? If not then, when did he begin to understand it and how?
Part of the question comes from the fact that the four Gospels each define Jesus slightly differently, with a bit of a unique attitude and vocational path. In Luke, Jesus seems to know his purpose as a boy in the temple. In Matthew and Mark, it is the baptism scene where Jesus is announced as God’s beloved child. In John, it is from the beginning of time.
But did Jesus think of himself as God? Was Jesus just really close to God? How do we really know Jesus is God? We don’t have as clear answers. Certainly, Jesus used cryptic language to say things like, “if you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” Sometimes, he affirms others who call him the Anointed One, Messiah. But did he have an internal dialogue going on? “I’m God’s Son. Wonder what I should be doing now? Maybe I’ll heal that lady over there!” That we don’t know.
It should be good conversation tonight. I expect I’ll use a little of NT Wright’s stuff. Bring your answers and questions tonight!
It’s Holy Week, so I like to image things that might fill in the spaces between Jesus’ journey and work around Jerusalem. Maybe he was excited to head to Jerusalem because he planned on dropping by a favorite bread maker to get that special baked good for the big dinner on Thursday night. Heck, he might have even needed to wait in line, but it was all worth it. The (unleavened) bread was that just that good.
Fast forward to the present, I think Jesus would have to drop by Hypnotic Donuts on his way through town. It’s that good. It’s worth waiting in line for, and their business model and vibe is fun and pleasant. If they were open on Easter, I’ve contemplated bringing in an assortment of donuts to kick start our resurrection celebration. Nothing says Easter like bacon topped donuts. (They aren’t open, by the way. Good for them!) Maybe this week, if you haven’t already tried it, go break bread with these cool people.
I’ve only been in Dallas a little over 3 years now, but even in that short time, the excitement and energy building in some of our neighborhoods has been tremendous. Over here by White Rock Lake, good restaurants are popping up. Greenville Ave is doing well too, and places like the Taco Joint, Bryan Street Tavern, and Pizza Lounge hold the fort down around the church. It’s a good time to be in Dallas.
One of my personal hopes of any community I am a part of is that we do our part to support the local in our neighborhoods. Our pub ministry does just that, especially on a night that is usually not so busy for lots of businesses. We get our usual Sunday donuts from SK Donuts, owned by a caring, joyful family of Korean immigrants. We want to do more with our neighborhood artists. We want to be present at our neighborhood festivals. We don’t want to stay behind our walls.
During this Holy Week then, get out and bless someone. Eat somewhere good. Enjoy the neighborhood in the midst of this sacred week.
Faith in the City, our Tuesday weekly pub ministry, has been changing locations, exploring what our great neighborhood has to offer. East Dallas has a ton of tasty places – pizza joints, burger spots, barbecue, tacos, southern cuisine, and more. But I know that can all be confusing if you are coming for your first time or trying to find us after being too busy to make it for a couple of weeks. So here’s the good news – we’ll always be posting our monthly calendar up on faithinthecity.com, so you will always know where we are.
Tonight, we’ll be on Greenville at the Bottle Shop. Bob has been raving about this place near his home for a while. It looks like we can order some takeout pizza from Greenville Pizza Company while we are there, which is awesome.
And just to be clear, since I get this questions a lot too – who can come to Faith in the City? Is it just for young adults? Everyone – it’s for everyone! Yes, we are predominantly made up of young adults, and the kind of group we are serves young working professionals well. But anyone of any age is welcome to join the conversation!
If you want to discuss theology, philosophy, life, work, and culture with a bunch of cool, respectful, and humorous people, come join us.
See you tonight!