In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name… Read more

Spiritual disciplines are the things that a person does to stay connected with God in their lives. Spiritual discipline would include prayer, attending church, bible study, and any number of different ways someone might live out the faith they profess. They are an essential part of any Christian life. As Thomas Merton once said “The spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived.” However many… Read more

Iconography is a Christian practice that is unfamiliar to many protestants, and often misunderstood. It involves the creation and use of religious images that depict Jesus, the saints, scenes from the Bible, and always points to something else of greater significance through literal or figurative meanings. Iconography comes from the Greek word εικoνογραφία which means “image writing.” An Icon(or “ikon” or “eikon”), although an image, is not painted but is written. They are not simply artistic expressions but rather can… Read more

John Oliver and Jon Stewart gave me a moment of zen the other day… I thought you might enjoy it!Happy Hanukkah! Read more

A New Kind of Narrative: Letting Jesus redefine stories across timeThe call to follow Jesus is given to every Christian in this life’s journey. He does not call us onto an easy road but his call has an authority to overcome. We serve the same Jesus who rebuked the systems of oppression, and overcame them. He now calls us in his life giving mission of peace. These verses give us a picture of the depth of that calling. He is… Read more

This week we have been looking closely at Luke 9:51-62. So far we have examined Jesus’ Rejection in Samaria in great detail and now we are examining the three “would-be” disciples. All the pieces to this pericope are pointing to something really amazing. Let’s start putting them all together and see what kind of picture begins to emerge. Verse 57 This encounter happens along the journey. Jesus is in the process of fulfilling his mission. Although Jerusalem is not mentioned… Read more

We continue our Series on Luke 9:51-62 today with a word study… Before we get into a verse by verse examination of the text of the three would be disciples in Luke 9 there is a word used in this passage that is fairly uncommon in the New Testament we should look at. The word ἄροτρον appears only one time in the New Testament, and that is in verse 62. It occurs in the Septuagint in 1 Chronicles 21:23, Sirach… Read more

After Jesus’ rejection in Samaria we find him once again on the road in Luke 9: 57. This passage is an important piece of the story of Jesus and the way of life he calls his disciples to. The text is not explicit about where Jesus is heading specifically, but we do know he continues to head generally toward Jerusalem. In this passage he interacts directly with three would be followers of him. These interactions do have a parallel in… Read more

As we have seen there is quite a bit of background going on in the story of Jesus’ rejection in Samaria. I now lets start putting the pieces together. Find a Bible, open up to Luke 9:51-56 and follow along as we go verse by verse through the text. Verse 51 This passage is a clear break in the overall narrative of Luke, which is why scholars use it to point to the travel narrative.1 When Jesus sets his face… Read more

The travel narrative begins with the brief encounter where Jesus is rejected in Samaria, and rebukes his disciples after they ask if they should burn the Samaritan village. There are a few things we know. Jesus is either in or heading toward Samaria. We know Jesus is planning on staying in a village in Samaria, but he is denied. There is no record of Jesus interacting with the village directly, but his movements are known to the Samaritans. The interaction… Read more

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