Sermons on Luke

Sermons on Luke

6 November

Introduction The gospel reading for this morning, Luke 20:27-38 quite frankly, most likely will sound odd, archaic, and even irrelevant to most of us. Stay with me and don’t switch off, together we will try to make sense of this passage. A bit of historical context. The primary historical element that will demand some attention is the role of the Sadducees, who though in some ways the rivals to the Pharisees, were united with them in their opposition to Jesus.…

23 October 2022

The parable begins…Two men went up to the Temple to pray… and then ends a few verses later by concluding…and one went down to his home justified. In between is a story that most of us are familiar with.  One of the men is extremely confident in himself.  He is a Pharisee, one who has devoted his life to his faith and to his synagogue.  He strides to the front of the church and stands up proudly to pray.  His…

16 October 2022

Texts: Luke 18:1-9Date:  13 October 2022 Introduction The parable in Luke 18:1-8, often known as the “Parable of the Unjust Judge”, is a familiar parable to many of us. The parable is about a “Persistent Woman.” Now there are only two characters in the parable itself: The unjust judge and the persistent widow. Which character do you identify with? Are you the judge or the widow? I might be wrong but I think most of us would identify with the…

18 September 2022

Text:   Luke 16:1-13 Introduction Every now and then, we come upon a passage of Scripture that is especially difficult to understand or challenging to preach on. This morning’s gospel passage – Luke 16:1- 13 is one such passage. Any commentator will tell you that this is a difficult text. The story itself sounds quite contemporary. Doesn’t it? Luke’s Gospel tells of a dishonest manager who is about to be fired for misappropriating company funds. He considers restitution for his embezzlement,…

4 September 2022

Text: Luke 8: 40-56 There are times we have experienced disappointments with God. God seems to not fit into our hopes, dreams, and plans. God seems to have a mind of God’s own and operates on a different timeline. We all may have our own stories and still have questions that we want to ask God why God allowed things to happen contrary to our hopes and plans. In the reading we had we have a story of a father…

28 August 2022

REFLECTION      …best seat in the house!                             28 August, 2022 Who has the best seat in the house? We can all be a little particular about where we sit.  For instance, we all know there is something wrong with the first row of seats in church.  No one ever wants to sit in that row!  So, I love the people that come and sit down the front. Possibly we choose a seat in church because we need to be near…

21 August 2022

Text:  Luke 13:10-17Story: A Healing Story: Jesus Heals a Crippled WomanAuthor: LukeWhere:  Jesus was teaching in a SynagogueWhen: On Sabbath Luke describes Jesus’ teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath, but we are not informed about the content of his teaching. Background and situation:  The passage is Lukan. For the first time since 12:1,we have a change in venue. Jesus had been speaking to disciples and large crowds. Now, he appears in “one of the synagogues.” The story is one…

3 July 2022

Introduction Thursday morning, 30th of June 2022. 4.35 am at my desk seeking to write my reflection for today. I woke up around 2.30 am lying in the bed re-reading Chapter 3, of ‘A Meal with Jesus’ – Meals as Enacted Hope. After re-reading the chapter I got up and went to the kitchen. Washed the pots and wok, plates and bowls, and started making soup for Thursday’s study group. As I washed, I was reflecting on the chapter I…