Lenten Ponderings- Whales and Veggietales

Lenten Ponderings- Whales and Veggietales

What’s the connection between Star Trek, whales, Veggie Tales and Palm Sunday?

Not much.

BUT there is some, when it comes to trying to wrap our brains around the challenging paradox of Palm Sunday.

I don’t usually use my ponderings as a commercial for the upcoming Sunday, but if I do this time, it will push me not to chicken out on going this direction with my sermon, and when Palm Sunday is always quite the challenge for me, I need a little pushing sometimes.

Palm Sunday is also celebrated as Passion Sunday, with that clash, that paradox of the triumphal entry, celebrated by the same crowd who just a few days later became the mob yelling “Crucify him, crucify him!”  If that’s not enough to make your head spin, throw into the mix that somehow this paradox, even Jesus on the cross, is usually talked about as all a part of God’s plan, and my poor little brain wants to blow a fuse.

Hence my wanting to explore the paradox of Palm Sunday, and bring in some other perspectives that also deal with had to grasp cosmic disaster as we have both in the Star Trek whale movie (Star Trek IV), and Veggie Tales, which boldly proclaims that “God is bigger than the Boogie Man,” regardless of what form that Boogie Man comes in.  I’m not really sure what’s going to come of this, so I guess I should tune in on Sunday morning too!

Let’s talk as we try to figure out this crazy paradox—Pastor Jim

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