Luke 18:9-14, Being Before God and Letting Go of Our Past

[October 23, 2016] Here is another familiar parable. Let us look at it again and be careful to not let it say more than it says so that we can hear as much as it says. In other words, it might be easy to confuse the message of this parable with the cheap . . . → Read More: Luke 18:9-14, Being Before God and Letting Go of Our Past

Luke 16, 19-31, The Fate of Those Who Love Money

[September 25, 2016] Way back in chapter 14 of Luke’s gospel, the WAY of Jesus’ apostolate came under the scrutiny of some Pharisees and Jesus was kind enough to explain to them what he was doing and why, and how their way was not only wrong but was going to get them humiliated . . . → Read More: Luke 16, 19-31, The Fate of Those Who Love Money

Luke 14:25-35, The Cost of Discipleship

[September 4, 2016] The outline of the sermon I gave at the First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) of Passaic, NJ:

Recalling how chapter 14 of Luke’s gospel began …

In verses 1-6 … When Jesus healed the man with edema on the Sabbath, the kingdom of God had come into their midst. – The . . . → Read More: Luke 14:25-35, The Cost of Discipleship

Luke 14:1, 7-14, Becoming the Least for the Sake of the Lesser

[August 28, 2016] In Luke 14:1—17:19 two things are set in contrast:

The way of the self-righteous Pharisees and the way of Jesus and those whom he sends.

In this section Jesus demonstrates by word and deed that he has been sent and anointed by God in the way of God’s . . . → Read More: Luke 14:1, 7-14, Becoming the Least for the Sake of the Lesser

Luke 24:36b-48, The Risen Jesus: Manifesting, Fulfilling, and Sending

[April 19, 2015] This is the third Sunday of the 49 days of Easter. You recall that Jesus appeared to his disciples for forty days, ascending on the fortieth, and then sent the power of the Holy Spirit on the fiftieth day, the Day of Pentecost. On the first two Sundays we explored . . . → Read More: Luke 24:36b-48, The Risen Jesus: Manifesting, Fulfilling, and Sending

Luke 24:13-35, On the Road to Emmaus

[May 4, 2014] This Sunday the Gospel text is from the resurrection account of Luke: of when Jesus caught up with two people walking on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus and kept his identity veiled from them until, invited to their dwelling, he broke the bread at the meal and offered the . . . → Read More: Luke 24:13-35, On the Road to Emmaus

Luke 23:33-43, Christ the King

Introduction

[November 24, 2013] Today is Christ the King Sunday. Why do we call it that? It is the last Sunday of the church year (the church’s annual “curriculum”). Next Sunday is the beginning of Advent and the start of another church year. Why do you think Christ the King Sunday is the . . . → Read More: Luke 23:33-43, Christ the King

Luke 20:27-38, It Is Not Over When You Are Dead

[November 10, 2013] Today’s Gospel text is the one in which the Sadducees ask Jesus about the resurrection. There is more here than meets the eye. We should know this because Jesus’ answer is indirect. Here, as often, Jesus does not answer the question the Sadducees ask. His answer nevertheless accomplishes something . . . → Read More: Luke 20:27-38, It Is Not Over When You Are Dead

Luke 19:1-10, The Seeking One Finds Us

[November 3, 2013] Today’s Gospel is the story of the little rich man Zaccheus whom Jesus sees, to whose home Jesus invites Himself, and who gladly frees himself of his wealth on account of Jesus. The poor often feel lost, but here Jesus declares that the rich also are lost and there . . . → Read More: Luke 19:1-10, The Seeking One Finds Us

Luke 18:9-14, Be Unencumbered by Self-Righteousness

[October 27, 2013] Today we will not only consider the passage of Luke in which Jesus compares the self-righteousness of a particular Pharisee at prayer and the humility of a particular tax-collector, but also the origin of the so-called Reformation of the church in the 1500s.

Context (Luke 17:20—18:8)

In . . . → Read More: Luke 18:9-14, Be Unencumbered by Self-Righteousness