Tag: Status

Acts 23:12-35 Playing with status

I don’t know why I'm finding the ending of Acts so anticlimactic. Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading it through a contemplative lens, and...

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 14:1-24 The Death of Identity

We have talked about how the Christian response to fear and to the loss of political and social power is present-mindedness, superrational hope, and...

Luke 12:22-59 Consider the Lilies of the Field

“Consider the lilies of the field,” I told her as she sat in my office, agonizing about grad school. She was a college senior,...

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 5:17-39 New Wine Skins

Let’s pause for a moment and take stock of just how radical things are about to get.  Jesus is beginning to articulate the overthrow...

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...