It was fascinating to read this chapter’s account of a dinner party where Jesus is breaking bread, along with other guests, at the home of a Pharisee. I loved that the first thing Jesus did when he got there was heal a man with edema—-on the sabbath, yet again. Here, once again, the kingdom of … More Luke 14: The Counsel and the Cost
Today’s reading is not all “Christmas lights and jingle bells”, for sure. Are you, like me, wishing for a little more of that right now? After all, Hallmark movies show us what should fill our thoughts — nostalgia, love, family, friends, community. And here we get the down-to-brass-tacks of Jesus teaching as he, no doubt, … More Luke 13: Smack Dab in the Middle
As today’s chapter began, it was sometime after the last episode when the scribes and Pharisees began lying in wait for Jesus, to “vehemently incite” him and challenge him angrily on whatever he said. On this particular day, thousands were assembled to listen to Jesus talk—so many that they might trample on one another. Jesus … More Luke 12: The Only Good Fear
This chapter starts with Jesus “praying in a certain place”. It doesn’t surprised me that one of his disciples—maybe the spokesman for them all—said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” I’m thinking it would be wise to pay close attention to what the Master said about prayer when … More Luke 11: Jesus talks about Prayer
I expect you are reading through Luke’s documentary with many of us, so I don’t need to remind you of the mission of the seventy sent ones and their return, or of the inevitable end of the cities who rejected them—and, by extension, Jesus and his Father who sent him. You remember their rejoicing over … More Luke 10: To Do or Not To Do
In this chapter, Jesus called the twelve together and gave them the assignment for the next phase of their training. “Go, preach the Kingdom of God and heal the sick.” Some years ago, I was pondering what it looked like to “seek first the kingdom”. I thought, “What would it look like to seek HRH … More Luke 9: The Kingdom, Near to You
The chapter starts off with something I can’t ignore, even though it is but a pre-script historical tidbit in the narrative Luke is sharing with the excellent Theophilus. It’s about the women—Mary Magdalene, Joanna, the wife of hero’s steward, and Suzanna, and many others, who supported him with their possessions. His mother, Mary, and her … More Luke 8: Seeds and Sowers
What an exciting, instructive, encouraging read this is! I’m sure we’ve noticed by now that Jesus is first of all a preacher and teacher, and then a healer. We see in this chapter an escalation in Jesus’ healing ministry. We’ve already seen healing occur in people who were present with Jesus, in a house or … More Luke 7: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Man
Are you still on the “after Bethlehem” journey with Jesus? And, is it just me, or is Jesus looking like a bit of a rebel right now? I’m wondering if I would have been quite comfortable being on the road with him, especially on the Sabbath. He seemed bound and determined to stir up trouble, … More Luke 6: Jesus the Rebel?
This chapter starts with the heading “The Calling of the First Disciples”. Until now, Jesus traveled and ministered alone (which, oddly, I hadn’t noticed before today). Some of the men he eventually called might have been in the crowds that were constantly searching him out “to hear the word of God”. Certainly, living in or … More Luke 5: The Beginning
There is so much to encourage us in this chapter. And so much to learn from. We start the chapter at the temptation in the wilderness, and end it with Jesus’ introduction to his public ministry. The purpose he was born for is so very near! At the Jordan River, the Holy Spirit came upon … More Luke 4: The Big IF
I hope you’re still with us! Still following Jesus as he walks the dusty roads, up and down the hills and by the beautiful lake shores of Galilee. In this chapter, I noticed that Luke, the documentarian, establishes the historical time and setting of his narrative: In the reign of Caesar Tiberius; Pontius Pilate was … More Luke 3: "…the son of God"