Month: March 2012

The Calling of the First Disciples

1.  Context Matthew 4:13-21. The passage is part of a larger passage which is not just about the preaching of good news and personal salvation. It is far more than that. Isaiah 61:4-9. It is about national restoration and prominence. A day of justice and vengeance. A time for the rebuilding of the national esteem and release from the captivity of an oppressive enemy. 4 They will rebuild the ancien ...[Read More]

Luke 2: Caesar Augustus and Jesus

When I taught Bonhoeffer, I looked at it through the lens of the story of two men who collide without ever having met. Had there not been an Adolph Hitler we would have probably never heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Had there never been a Dietrich Bonhoeffer things might have turned out differently in Germany. Their lives were joined together. This is the same kind of story – but it’s not two men ex ...[Read More]

Luke 1:1-80

1.  Luke has been called the writer who most presents Jesus through the eyes of women and the Gospel starts from the beginning with two women – Elizabeth and Mary. Not just two women but women in very difficult circumstances. One with no child late in life and the other with a child early in life but unmarried. There are several miracles in the Bible related to a woman not having a child. Sarah an ...[Read More]