We are doing something a little different on the Feed next week and I wanted to alert you to it. We are very excited about a series of upcoming posts that starts Saturday called Centurion. Every time I read the passion narrative, the words of a Roman Centurion who witnessed Jesus’ final hours, ring in my ears—”Surely this man was the Son of God.” A confession from perhaps the most unlikely of men; a man who daily affirmed through his occupation that Tiberius Casear was the son of god, not a dead man from Nazareth. It is from that Centurion’s perspective that this series is written. It’s a historical fiction series about Jesus’ last days.
It is written by Sean Gladding, author of The Story of God, the Story of Us. Sean is originally from Norwich, England but now lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and their two children where is he part of Communality, a family of new Monastic communities. Sean has served in various forms of pastoral ministry for the last two decades. He is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, which is where he first encountered the concept of the metanarrative of Scripture. I recently met Sean when he interviewed Leonard Sweet for a video series for Seedbed. Sean is not your typical pastor. I feel like he’s the Shane Claiborne of the Wesleyan world (ok, I’ve never met Shane, but you can’t deny the similarities. If you don’t believe me check this out). In all seriousness, Sean is immensely creative and has a unique ability to tell a compelling story.
We hope this series will create a reflective addition to your time spent in The Word. At the top of each post Sean provides Scripture references, then delivers a narrative that will give you a thought-provoking, historically accurate perspective of Jesus’ final days. In order to create a reflection mood, we want to take away any distractions and quiet the noise. So we will only post this series next week. There will not be a Seven Minute Seminary, a resource release Feed post (though the new resources will be released in the store on April 1), or any other supplemental articles. We hope this will be a prayerful and reflective time for you.
Consider using this series as a devotional during Holy Week. Follow us daily as we encounter Jesus’ final days from a different perspective. Check back Saturday for the first piece in the series. It will run through Easter. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the ‘comments’ box and share it widely with your friends.
Lindsay Bodkin, Editor
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