The Scandal of Oil and Wine

The Scandal of Oil and Wine

BY JON TSCHANZ One of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last speeches was in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee. It wasn't strategic for King. In fact, his advisers were not too happy about the choice. Sanitation workers were striking. Evidently, the locals were so upset about them eating their lunch outside of the truck that they passed an ordinance of sorts that made them eat in the truck on their lunch breaks. This became tricky when it started to rain. All four of them could not fit in the truck at one time so two…Read more
The Scandal of Silence

The Scandal of Silence

BY JON TSCHANZ Humans are unique creatures. Even our crying sets us apart. Sure, other animals use their tear ducts to moisten their eyes, but no other creature cries for emotional reasons. It's our tears. Think of the last time you cried. Why did you cry? How did you feel? We cry when we are at a loss or when we mourn. Maybe you lost someone close to you or didn't get that job promotion. Maybe a relationship you treasured is over. We cry when we hit that breaking point. The breaking point…Read more
The Scandal Of Crumbs

The Scandal Of Crumbs

BY JON TSCHANZ This picture above is an icon of the Syrophoenician women. Yes, it's the women that Jesus calls a dog in the Bible. That isn't tha whole story, but it's pretty damn scandalous. Why is Jesus so rude? What's his freaking deal?! The women's daughter is suffering so she runs and falls to the feet of Jesus, the one who can save her daughter. There is great desperation, almost defeat, in the women's tone.  The disciples are annoyed and ask Jesus to send her away. That's when Jesus says these super disheartening words. The…Read more