You’re receiving the longest Message Supplement of the year because the issues stirred-up by religious rules are enormous, and the lectionary scripture selection contains Jesus’ response to this messy problem (Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23). Let’s prepare ourselves with a refreshing breath and try to grow stronger as we explore some challenging issues. God wants us to cultivate an open heart and mind. To help the discussion, I’m creating a literary device titled Ruined Religion Rules (RRR). As the three Rs suggest, there is a triple-threat: 1) Ruined is how people feel when they are burdened, discouraged or judged by self-described expert critics; 2) Religion represents faith whenRead More →