These six banners from St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, Texas, preview the Christian year. Gjelten Stone says, "I paint canvas with acrylic washes and add image transfer, drawing, and painting. I often cut and piece the canvas, and finish with more handwork and collage."
Although Jesus is called teacher in the Gospel of Mark, that Gospel includes little of the teachings of Jesus. His parables confound his listeners rather than leading to greater understanding. Jesus’ teaching in Mark is performative, says Brian Blount; Jesus taught by the way he lived. He doesn’t teach love as a concept, he acts it out by touching lepers and allowing diseased people to touch him, engaging women as equals, associating with the marginalized, and breaking laws that don’t promote human well-being. If we want to teach the reign of God as Jesus taught it, then we need to craft a curriculum that does more than inform (Interpretation, April).