Especially when it determines who is inside the circle.
And who is not.
The Gospel of Mark is full of little devices I like to call “Markan sandwiches,” though more reasonable people use the term interpolations. The author of Mark creates these textual sandwiches by starting a story, inserting a second, then finishing the first.
Inspired by Nick Ahern’s contribution, “The Gospel In Seven Words Or Less“, to the previous Christian Century post, I’m christening a contest of my own. In the original post, people come up with a sentence (no more than seven words long) that boils down the message of the Christian Gospel. One of his examples was “Having died and rise, Jesus conquers death.”
In this contest, however, you are challenged to present (in seven words or less) a gospel that we Christians sometimes find ourselves believing, even though it isn’t the heart of the Gospel.
Example: “Jesus Christ, my slightly judgmental genie.”