the danger in being a fig tree

Purchase a print of this cartoon.So you're a fig tree, and one day you're just minding your own business being a fig tree in the off season, when Jesus comes along and curses you for not bearing figs, even though it is not the season. And so you whither up and die.I'm not here to explain away why this could have actually happened. I know there are evangelical biblical scholars who assert that it was the season for what the Arabs call taqsh... small little buds that the fig tree produces … [Read more...]

when you don’t give a fig

This fig tree has heard what happens when you don't give a fig. Jesus is about to pass by. And we all know how judgmental and vindictive Jesus is.The story of Jesus cursing the fig tree was literarily placed just before the temple cleansing to illustrate that the temple cult had failed.So here's where we the church can learn a lesson:Many people I talk to, practically every day, have experienced judgmentalism within the church. Some of it very severe.But this is what gets me: they are … [Read more...]