The gospel writers love these stories—stories where Jesus gets the better of those who seek to outsmart him appear in all the gospels. But a key to the stories is that Jesus always engages. He could have simply dismissed the questioners, the scoffers, and sarcastic accusers, but he doesn’t. He takes on all comers. And he hopes to crowbar open their closed minds. He has high standards for the leaders of his people and shows his disappointment in how they are leading on more than one occasion. But he never gives up, never refuses to engage. How do we express our willingness to be challenged, to be questioned, to be approached about our faith? How do we make sure that those unfamiliar with our practices can feel at home and welcomed in our midst? Maybe someone is coming with a puzzle to trick us, or maybe they just want to know what it is we know. That is always our hope.