Posts Tagged: Luke

091816 – Disciples Resist Greed

In a puzzling parable in Luke 16:1-13, Jesus seems to lift up a scheming, streetwise manager as a paradigm for successful living. But then Jesus shifts gears. Followers of Jesus must choose to serve either God or Mammon, they can’t split allegiance. Why? Because the ways of God demand a different ethic than the ways… Read more

091116 – Disciples Celebrate

Confronted with the grumbling of respectable religious leaders who question his choices of dinner partners, Jesus tells stories. A shepherd leaves 99 sheep to go after the one who was lost. A woman turns her house upside down searching for a lost coin. (Luke 15:1-10) And in both stories, the lost is found, and all… Read more

090416 – Disciples Do, Not Just Believe

Pastor Nancy begins a fall preaching series on discipleship with a sermon on some of Jesus’ most difficult sayings in the gospel of Luke. “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26) What in the… Read more

090216 – Turning the Tables with Grace

Never a dull moment when Jesus is a dinner guest. In our gospel reading Luke 14:7-14, we find Jesus in the house of a Pharisee for a Sabbath meal. Throw in a healing, tough theological questions about Sabbath-keeping, a parable, and some unsolicited advice on social etiquette and we’ve got quite the tale from the… Read more

082116 – A Time for Liberation

On the Sabbath. In the synagogue. Jesus sees her, an unnamed woman, bent over, unable to stand tall. He has proclaimed release for the captives, and now in a moment of compassion Jesus frees her from bondage. In its worship and its ministry the church is called to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, to… Read more

042416 – Who’s Knocking

The author of Luke/Acts gives the story of Peter and Cornelius in seven acts.  It is a pivotal story in Acts–will the gospel move from Jerusalem into the rest of the known world? As the story unfolds, the roles change. At first Peter is the guest of Simon and then becomes the host of the… Read more