Luke 21:5-19 ‘Faith in Adversity’

Luke 21:5-19 ‘Faith in Adversity’

You can read Luke 21:5-19 here There is an arch in Jerusalem called ‘The Arch of Titus’, that commemorates the victory by the Romans over the Jews in the CE70 revolt. The arch was constructed in CE80 by Titus’ brother Emperor Domitian. The arches south panel is adorned with a relief of the spoils of

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Luke 20:27-38 ‘The God of the Living’

Luke 20:27-38 ‘The God of the Living’

You can read Luke 20: 27-38 here Theological arguments can be fun. Get a bunch of religious people together, it doesn’t matter if they are well schooled in their particular theological bent or not, having a fanatic in the group is always more fun, and bring up any one of a number of un-answerables. “Are

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Luke 19:1-10 ‘Indifference’

Luke 19:1-10 ‘Indifference’

You can read Luke 19:1-10 here “The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference The opposite of art is not ugliness, It is indifference The opposite of faith is not heresy, it is indifference The opposite of life is not death, it is indifference” Elie Wiesel Elie Wiesel, holocaust survivor, author, and advisor

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Luke 18:9-14 ‘Love Versus Labelling’

Luke 18:9-14 ‘Love Versus Labelling’

You can read Luke 18:9-14 here In last weeks blog I talked about the tumultuous times that the people who were reading Luke were living through. Luke, or more correctly Luke-Acts, chronicles the transition of worship that was conducted in the temple, to worship conducted in the home. This was not some ideal theological progression,

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Luke 18:1-9 ‘Nag Without Ceasing’

Luke 18:1-9 ‘Nag Without Ceasing’

You can read Luke 18:1-9 here It is so important that I feel I must be forgiven for mentioning once again that the Gospels were not written for us, they were written for a specific audience at a specific period in time within a specific socio-economic and political framework. To deny this truth, or worse

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Luke 17:11-19 ‘The Upside Down World’

Luke 17:11-19 ‘The Upside Down World’

You can read Luke 17:11-19 here The story of the ten leaping lepers- I’m sure that’s the start of a Christmas Carol “Ten lepers leaping, nine something’s doing something else that rhymes.” Not to pour cold water on this musical vision, but the first thing to note about this story is that the poor diseased

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Luke 17:5-10 ‘Give ‘till it Hurts, Then Give Some More’

Luke 17:5-10 ‘Give ‘till it Hurts, Then Give Some More’

You can read Luke 17:5-10 here Every now and then it’s a good idea to step back and remember that we are reading a whole document, not a bunch of unconnected stories. The writers of Luke have method in their madness and there is beauty in the creation of the whole as well as the

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Luke 16:19-31 ‘A New Paradigm’

Luke 16:19-31 ‘A New Paradigm’

You can read Luke 16:19-31 here A great deal of what I am writing about today comes from a podcast from Rob Bell. You can listen to these fabulous podcasts here. Unlike last week’s reading of the shrewd manager, this week’s reading of the story of the rich man and Lazarus is really well known.

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Luke 16:1-13 ‘Money …a Necessary Evil’

Luke 16:1-13 ‘Money …a Necessary Evil’

You can read Luke 16:1-13 here Have a read of this text, then you may want to read it again, then just for kicks try it again- it just doesn’t seem to make sense no matter which way you look at it. We have a guy that is ripping people off, that instead rips his

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Luke 15:1-10: The Lost Stuff

Luke 15:1-10: The Lost Stuff

You can read Luke 15:1-10 here This text from Luke suffers terribly from being known too well- a fate that next weeks text falls even more deeply into (the Prodigal Son). We read the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin in complete isolation from the context of the larger reading, and then

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