Tag: Control

Acts 16:16-40 Controlling the Message

This is a very strange passage. At the beginning of it, Paul and Silas have what many people would no doubt like - someone...

Acts 5:27-42 Gamaliel’s Freedom

I’ve talked about control many times while writing this blog, and now I think it’s time to share something I was given near the...

Luke 23:1-25 The Oddness of King Herod

Herod plays a strange role in Luke’s Gospel. Or one might say a mercurial role. He imprisons and beheads John the Baptist because he...

Luke 21:1-38 Be Unprepared

We want to be prepared for disaster. We stockpile food and clean water, learn survival skills, build bunkers. Well, I don’t, but some people...

Luke 20:1-47 Beware the Scribes

As Jesus teaches in the temple, many of Luke’s themes of power and control, and the way that these things contrast with the dream...

Luke 18:1-17 Children of Mystery

Gerald May, in his beautiful book about St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, says this: When we were children, most of us...

Luke 10:1-20 Responding to Beauty and Mystery

First, let me introduce you to Andrew Hudgins’ poem, “Two Strangers Enter Sodom.” Two Strangers Enter Sodom by Andrew Hudgins Those who’d seen them told the others, and...

Luke 6:1-26 Blessings and Woes

Jesus upends the lives and thoughts of the Pharisees, and they respond with anger.  He sees that they’re angry, but instead of trying to...

Luke 4:1-13 The Wilderness

There are many reasons why we might find ourselves in the wilderness.  When my mother died, I spent a year in a wilderness of...

Luke 2:1-21 Divinity Entangled with Humanity

The Gospels claim, and Christians believe, that divinity is entangled with humanity.  The evangelists go even further. When Jesus talks about the Kingdom of...