1.As with Saint ______________ in Corinth, everyone at this service has something to say. Women tell of their experiences and read from the scriptures, as though they'd been written to them. In the members of the early Christian congregations, they recognize themselves.
2.What is the essence of Christianity? The essence of Christianity is not, as some suppose, some great theory or ideology. Nor is it an ecclesiastical system. Rather, it is quite simply this _______________.
3.If Jesus had died a normal death at a ripe old age in Galilee, in this remote corner of the Roman Empire, his sayings, parables, on the Sermon on the Mount would most likely not have been preserved. The force of his message is linked to his dramatic fate here in Jerusalem. Jesus did not proclaim a Jewish theocracy, nor did he proclaim a church, but rather the coming _______________ of God, with its promises and its requirements.
4.Jesus of Nazareth was condemned to death by the governor, Pontius Pilate. He died as a young man in his early 30s, disowned by his disciples, scorned by his enemies, abandoned by God and man, his last sign of life an agonized cry.
5.It is precisely when we compare the three religions, which originated in the Middle East, with the religions of the other two great spiritual currents in India and China that we realize at once that there's far more that unites them than divides them. All three-- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-- are faith religions. They believe in the one God who is
addressed as ___________ by Arab Christians, too.