Month: February 2021

The Sower and the Soils: Luke 8

Luke 8: The Sower and the Soils I’m always reluctant to teach a parable. Flannery O’Connor, the great Catholic writer said, “In most English classes the short story has become a kind of literary specimen to be dissected. Every time a story of mine appears in a Freshman anthology, I have a vision of it, with its little organs laid open, like a frog in a bottle. I realize that a certain amount of th ...[Read More]

Jesus and Simon the Pharisee

Our story opens with Jesus being invited to have dinner with Simon and his friends. It must have been a mixture of curiosity and a court trial on their part. It was not hospitality or an invitation of a friend to dinner. They showed none of the common courtesies they would have to him. Had he been a celebrity they would have fallen over themselves making him feel welcome. But they invite him to di ...[Read More]

Faith, Focus and Fame in Luke

This morning we are going to look at faith, focus and fame in the book of Luke. 1. Faith is not always the same The Paralytic: Luke 5 It is the faith of his friends. The widow with the dead son: Luke 7 No mention of faith at all. His heart was touched. The man with the withered hand: Luke 6 No mention of faith but a rebuke to the Pharisees. The man with leprosy: Luke 5 “Lord, if you are willing.” ...[Read More]

Three Stories: Luke 5:17-6:11

This morning we are looking at three stories: Jesus healing the paralytic, Jesus going to dinner with Levi and Jesus breaking the Sabbath laws.  All three of them have something in common and that is why we are looking at them together. They all are stories about Jesus intentionally breaking the norms. They are stories about the threat Jesus represents to not only the established traditions but to ...[Read More]

Calling Of The First Disciples: Luke 5

  Luke 5:1-11 Context  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 ...[Read More]