God, Self & Other – Luke 34 – Beware Loveless Piety

Jesus accepts the dinner invitation of a prominent Pharisee – a meeting that immediately erupts in scandal, as Jesus forgoes the ritual washing expected by his host. It leads to Jesus declaring a series of “woes” – like those of the early Hebrew prophets – condemning the Pharisees for dedicating such energy to the tiniest […]

God, Self & Other – Luke 33 – An Evil Generation?

    At first reading, it seems we have met a different Jesus! The preacher of grace and welcome has become a prophet of condemnation, declaring such things as: “Whoever is not with me is against me,” and, “This generation is an evil generation…” How do we explain this change in tone? Why the threats […]

God, Self & Other – Luke 32 – Jesus’s How & Why of Prayer

  Does prayer make a difference in the universe? Really? Reeaally? Jesus’s answer is: yes. And he offers all those who would be his followers instruction in how to pray, and, even more importantly, what the purpose of prayer is. It’s a transformative lesson for any and all of us who seriously wonder prayer affects […]