Category: Luke

The Lord Sent Them On Ahead in Pairs

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 “After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.” (Luke 10:1) I can think of no other time when I have been more grateful to have partners in mission and ministry than I am …

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And Jesus Gave Him to His Mother…

Luke 7:11-17 Too, too many times I have yearned for this to be so. More times than I can even remember now I have stood and sat and wept with parents who are grieving the death of children. In some cases we became acquainted after the funeral home had been called. In others, I had …

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The Donkey: A Subversive Choice?

Luke 19:28-40 I have written of the colt — or donkey — which Jesus rode into Jerusalem in this space before. You can find my thoughts here at: Humble and Mounted on a Donkey. As you can tell from the title, my thoughts a few years ago focused on Jesus’ humility as he rode into Jerusalem. …

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Two Sons: How Will the Story End?

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 There was a man who had two sons… It is “fiction,” of course. Or at least it is not “the truth” in the ways we are most accustomed to thinking of “truth.” For we are told right up front that Jesus is telling stories now. And yet, the characters, the scenario, the …

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Not Too Late

Luke 13:31-35 I got called to the hospital late after a meeting on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. A woman was entering hospice care. Most of her grown children were there. Some live nearby. Others had traveled a great distance and were here for the duration. “Mom is troubled,” they told me. “She thinks she …

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Tested

Luke 4:1-13 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted (or tested) by the devil. (Luke 4:1-2) Surely it is hard for most mere mortals to comprehend or relate to the strength and fortitude of Jesus as …

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