We Were Expecting Someone More…Messiah-y – Luke, Part 17

    For 2,000 years Jesus has been confounding messianic expectations – never quite looking the part of “savior.” I mean, shouldn’t a divinely-appointed deliverer be easily recognizable? A little radiant glory, perhaps? Or at the very least the trappings of earthly power! And what about some judgment and wrath? It’s a sinful world after […]

God, Self & Other – Luke 16: Jesus and Christian Ethics (Sermon on the Plain, Part 2)

Jesus is often misunderstood as teaching a moral system – a new vision of right and wrong that will be more pleasing to God. But to hear him in this way is to miss the greater point of his message. In this episode we explore Jesus’s famous “Sermon on the Plain” (Luke 6) and how […]

God, Self & Other – Luke 15: Blessings and Woes (Sermon on the Plain, Part 1)

Reminiscent of the Sermon on the Mount (in Matthew’s Gospel), in this episode we arrive at Jesus’s “Sermon on the Plain” in Luke.  Once again, Jesus opens with a series of “beatitudes” (blessings), that are difficult to interpret. What are we to make of Jesus’s declaration that the poor and hungry are “blessed”? (Poverty and […]