God, Self & Other – Luke 28: Go and Bless (the Sending of the 70)

Few words terrify the typical Christian like “evangelism.” It instantly conjures images of hellfire preachers on corners or, worse yet, the awkwardly forced conversation about Jesus with a “non-believing” friend (ugh!). It’s worth noting that Jesus did neither of these, nor asked it of his disciples. Jesus did, however, send. He sent ill-equipped, nervous followers […]

The Dark Before the Dawn (Advent 2017), Part 01 – The False Hope of False Gods

  Interrupting your regularly scheduled sermon from Luke with a sermon for Advent… Advent is the season of preparation for Jesus’s coming, a time to remember his birth in Bethlehem, yes, but primarily a time to remember that Jesus is coming again. In short, it is a time to get in touch with our need […]

God, Self & Other – Luke 27: A New Center of the World

As Jesus “sets his face toward Jerusalem” (i.e., resolves to force a confrontation with the religious authorities), the conflict that will lead to his crucifixion begins to take shape. It starts with a rejection of Jesus as he seeks to enter Samaria (located between the regions Galilee and Judea) and continues with Jesus’s rejection of […]