Tag: Individual Transformation

Luke 22:47-71 The Mind of the Martyr

I wonder if Jesus was really afraid, and if he really suffered.  I know that there’s some danger in saying this, because we take...

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 19:28-48 Oppression and Transformation

There’s a very real way in which Jesus’ actions as he enters Jerusalem are political theater.  He stages an entrance that is very similar...

Luke 16:1-18 Eternal Habitations

I was sitting with other clergy in a Bible Study, and we were arguing about this passage.  After awhile I became indifferent to the...

Luke 15:11-32 When He Came to Himself

Starving, grimed with the dirt of the pig sty, the Prodigal Son came to himself. Maybe he hadn’t really believed in himself until that...

Luke 13:22-35 The Narrow Door of Suffering

Yesterday I talked about how Jesus’ teachings provided an alternative to the other types of Judaism being practiced at his time. In an anxious...

Luke 12:1-22 Is there a place for fear in my faith?

When Jesus tells us that we should be afraid, what is it that we should fear?  “Fear him who, after he has killed, has...

Luke 9:28-62 The Transfiguration

When Jesus comes down the mountain, he is not meek and mild.  He seems to chastise a parent whose son is possessed. He rebukes...

Luke 8:26-56 – The Way of Light

Now we arrive at three tales of resurrection, although only one of them is a literal resurrection.  The Christian life may be said to...

Luke 1:1-56 Suddenly the Spirit is Talking to Everybody

The Holy Spirit pours into the beginning of Luke’s Gospel, embodied by angels and the singing, leaping responses that human beings make to them....