Perspectives Podcast Season 1, Episode 7: The Anger Within Us – Violence

Perspectives Podcast Season 1, Episode 7: The Anger Within Us – Violence

02.21.24 | Pastor's Bible Study, Perspectives Podcast

Series | Perspectives Pastors Podcast

Passage | Mark 11:15-17

Tags | jesus, podcast, anger, violence, perspectives, protestant reformation, righteous indignation, walter wink

Are anger and violence ever acceptable? Join the women clergy of First Church of San Diego as they explore anger during the next several episodes of Perspectives FUMCSD Pastors Podcast. They’ll examine where anger comes from, how we can manage it, and how Jesus encountered anger during the last week of his life.

In this episode, join Rev. Trudy and Rev. Brittany as they examine Mark 11:15-17 – the story of Jesus overturning tables in the Temple.  

It’s violent and unexpected behavior stemming out of righteous indignation. And it once again shows us Jesus’ humanity. It also sets the stage for the forthcoming violence of the religious elite who fear the crowds’ reaction to Jesus.

Rev. Trudy and Rev. Brittany juxtapose the various acts of violence and anger, introduce Walter Wink’s theory of the myth of redemptive violence, talk about how our culture has desensitized us to violence, and explain that the root of Jesus’ anger may be different than what many modern Christians interpret. They also weave in a narrative of anti-Semitism, as well as the Protestant Reformation.

It’s a lot packed into a single episode!

Want to join the discussion? We invite you to our weekly discussion group, Convergence. Taking place on our church campus in the Mission Valley neighborhood of San Diego or through Zoom. Get additional details online:

For this episode, we’ll be discussing the following questions:

  1. Is violence ever justified?
  2. How do you handle your own violent impulses?
  3. What do you do with righteous indignation that you feel?