John 16:4-16 (spring AD 30, Thursday evening of Passion Week) “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” (v.12) Most of us don’t think of God as someone who sugarcoats things. And in once sense he doesn’t – the truth will always be conveyed as the truth, the whole … More Day 120: You can’t handle all the truth.
Luke 16:1-15 (winter, AD 29) “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (v.10-11) When I was young(er!) I … More Day 86: What’s your legacy?
Luke 15 (winter, AD 29) Jesus’ parables were simple stories, addressed to a specific audience about a specific issue. Though simple, they were also at times deliberately opaque to those who were setting out to oppose him (see Matthew 13:10-17). So to understand a parable, we need to bear in mind a.) why did Jesus … More Day 85: The Parable of the Forgiving Father
Luke 13:22-35 (winter AD 29) A paraphrase: Will only a few people have their sins forgiven and go to heaven? Make every effort to approach God in the less popular way. The way that involves admitting you cannot be good enough for God, and cannot do anything to earn your ticket to heaven. The way … More Day 82: Making God in your own image
John 10:22-42 (winter AD 29) Many people say that Jesus never claimed to be God. Islamic doctrine states it. Muslims respect Jesus as a great prophet, the way Christians might respect Elijah – a man who did great things and never suggested he was more than a man. This is one of many passages showing … More Day 81: Jesus claimed to be God
Luke 13:10-17 (AD 29) What makes you feel ‘indignant’? What gives you the feeling of, ‘This should not be’, ‘This is an offense against what is right and good’. Not merely, ‘I’m not sure this is the best’, but ‘Yuck, no’. The OED defines it as, ‘feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is … More Day 79: Hard-wired hatred
Luke 13:1-9 (AD 29) You are not here on a divine whimsy. You do not exist under the shrug of a creator who doesn’t care you do with your life. You are alive because God gave you breath and the opportunity to become reconciled to him. You are the fig tree of verses six through … More Day 78: Repent
Luke 12:13-48 (AD 29) A right view of eternity is what links the three sections of today’s reading. The Rich Fool in the parable ignored God and eternity, and was only interested in pleasing himself in the here and now (v.13-21) We give in to worry when we forget the great love and care God … More Day 76: An eternal perspective
Luke 12:8-12 (AD 29) Sometimes you bump into a Bible verse or passage that stops you short and – when you take it seriously – can look kinda scary. Such as this one, which seems to refer to the possibility of God refusing to forgive a certain type of sin. That would contradict the rest … More Day 75: Blaspheming the Holy Spirit
Luke 12:1-7 (AD 29) The Bible contains a number of conundrums. Some, like today’s ‘Fear/Don’t fear’ involve living with the tension between apparently irreconcilable concepts. We need to embrace the tension between those concepts where God presents us with both, and not be tempted to throw one away in favour of the other. What do … More Day 74: Know fear but don’t be afraid