Category: Lectionary Ramblings

July 16th 2014: Luke 18:15-30

Read Luke 18:15-30 here “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” says Jesus. Does this mean leaving our brains at the door or coming unthinkingly to Jesus? I don’t think so at all. A lot of the children and young people […]

July 15th 2014: Luke 18:1-14

Read Luke 18:1-14 here There are two parables today. I have to admit that I have never really understood the Parable of the Persistent Widow, so if anyone can enlighten me I’d be glad of the help! I think it is instructive that Luke feels the need to explain the parable in verse 1, as […]

July 14th 2014: Luke 17:20-end

Read Luke 17:20-end here Continuing our ramble through Luke 17, we begin the working week with a look at the coming of the Kingdom of God. “The Kingdom of God is in your midst!” says Jesus in verse 21. Is he referring to Himself as the embodiment of the Kingdom? Perhaps, as He spoke He […]

July 13th 2014: Acts 28:17-31

Read Acts 28:17-31 here “Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!” The Good News of the Gospel is for everyone. The cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, the Scriptures tell us, but nevertheless, the victory of Jesus on the Cross, and in the […]

July 12th 2014: Luke 17:11-19

Read Luke 17:11-19 here Today’s lectionary reading from the Gospel of Luke is the well-known healing of the ten lepers. “Jesus, Master, have pity on us” say the ten lepers in verse 13, as Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem. In this they are acknowledging Jesus’ authority. Were they asking for healing? Attention? Cleansing? […]

July 11th 2014: Luke 17:1-10

Read Luke 17:1-10 here Today’s reading is yet another stark message from Jesus. Woe to us if we cause another to stumble. We’re also called to rebuke those who sin against us, but to forgive if those who sin against us turn from what they have previously done which has caused us or the community […]

July 10th 2014: Luke 16:19-end

You can read Luke 16:19-end here After yesterday’s look at the Parable of the Shrewd Manager, today we find ourselves with the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man. I remember that one of the first sermons I ever preached was on this passage, regarding Heaven and Hell, and it was the first time I […]

July 9th 2014: Luke 16:1-18

You can read Luke 16:1-18 here Today’s reading, The Parable of the Shrewd Manager, is a tough one. It isn’t immediately obvious exactly what Jesus is getting at, at least to me, with this parable. I’ve set myself the task of trying to write a few thoughts each day about the lectionary readings for the […]

July 8th 2014: Luke 15:11-End

You can read the passage for today here Following the theme of the joy of God, and Heaven, of each and every person who returns to relationship with the Father, today’s passage is the well-known story of the Prodigal Son. Given what we read yesterday, it is clear (to me at least) that this is […]

July 7th 2014: Luke 15:1-10

Luke 15:1-10 can be found here Today’s reading begins with “the Pharisees” complaining that “the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around Jesus”. Notice Luke denotes those gathering around Jesus as “tax collectors and sinners”, a narrative device to get us to sympathise with the Pharisees perhaps? It’s easy for us to jump straight […]

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