Tag: Joy

Acts 20:17-38 Saying Goodbye

This is Paul’s farewell address, and I hear an echo of Jesus’ own farewell address in it. In the twenty-second chapter of Luke, Jesus...

Acts 12:1-19 Angels and Laughter

As I have said, many of the stories that Luke relates must have been told around the communal table when the early church met...

Acts 10:1-16 Shocking Visions and the Temple

Cornelius is praying at 3:00 in the afternoon, which is the time of the temple sacrifice far away in Jerusalem. But divine presence doesn’t...

Acts 9:32-43 Discovery in the Holy Spirit

Just as Paul is being blown hither and yon as he converts, learns, escapes, and hides, Peter, too, seems more than willing to go...

Luke 24:1-12 The Tomb of Longing

Ten of the eleven remaining apostles don’t believe the women - only Peter does, and then only reluctantly, and with the need to verify...

Luke 6:27-49 Give to Everyone Who Begs From You

Jesus is still talking directly to the disciples, although he’s also surrounded by a crowd of people who have come for miracles and healings....

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 5:1-16 – The Call of the Deep

What needs to happen in our lives before we can hear and respond to a sense of call?  As Luke introduces characters, he often...

Luke 1:57-80 Joy, Community, and Wilderness

When Elizabeth gives birth to John, her neighbors and relatives gather around in joy.  This is the second gang of people we’ve seen in...