This past week we interviewed Brett Ullman. Because of that we don’t have a regular recap. However, We’ve listed the questions we posed to Brett, with a paraphrase of some of his responses.
Also, for our small group discussion folks, their is a scripture text to read at the bottom, with some questions to think about for your small group this week.
(Brett Ullman Summary)
Yes. I started out as a school teacher. I worked in the TDSB for almost 10 years. I would say that I fell into my vocation, as much of my family were involved in education. My university journey was unique in that I ended being accepted for one major and studied another. In regards to doing what I do now, it started with one talk about 15 years ago, on teen and music culture. That snowballed (short answer) into what I do now. I eventually left my teaching gig and began to do this full time.
The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.
They spent some time in Jericho. As Jesus was leaving town, trailed by his disciples and a parade of people, a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, was sitting alongside the road. When he heard that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by, he began to cry out, “Son of David, Jesus! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Many tried to hush him up, but he yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped in his tracks. “Call him over.”
They called him. “It’s your lucky day! Get up! He’s calling you to come!” Throwing off his coat, he was on his feet at once and came to Jesus.
Jesus said, “What can I do for you?”
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“On your way,” said Jesus. “Your faith has saved and healed you.”
In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road.
What stands out in this text? Is it the man’s calling out (twice)? Jesus stopping immediately? Any or all of it?
What can we learn from this man? How can we call out to Jesus? How about Jesus’ question, ‘what can I do for you?’
What may we be blind to or blind from?
Jesus ‘saved’ & ‘healed’ the man. How are these different & the same?