Jesus tells the parable of the servants and the minas for two reasons. First, the Jews expected the kingdom of God to appear immediately. Secondly, because he was nearing Jerusalem. What do either of these things have to do with his approach to Jerusalem? That this is how Luke transitions from the story of Zacchaeus… Continue reading Luke 19:11-17: Eschatological Minas
It is a mistake to isolate Luke 15 from the rest of the pericope of Luke 15:1-17:10. This post is a brief look at the entirety of the passage, taking a birds’ eye view to see the advantage of reading the story in a single reading. By reading all of this passage in context, the… Continue reading Luke 15:1-17:10
The image of the wise man and the foolish man who build their houses on the rock or the sand is a familiar one. But does it mean what we think it means, or is there a deeper purpose behind the parable?
Sitting outside, something struck me. Unlike the usual hustle and bustle of the corporate world – whether it’s my job at Starbucks, moving 100% of the time, or simply taking calls and placing orders at Crossway – nature is quiet. There is no hurry in nature. Geese mill about while a squirrel quietly chews on… Continue reading My Anxiety, God’s Kingdom: A Personal Reflection on Matthew 6
“It is traditional to regard Luke as a Gentile author writing for Gentile Christians. Indeed, until recently this was regarded as indisputable. […] However, there is a growing consensus, spear-headed by the work of Jacob Jervell, that accepts essential interaction with Jewish concerns and a Jewish readership. […] there ‘.. is today no serious question… Continue reading Fletcher-Louis: A Jewish Luke?
Judah captures Hebron, a city of refuge, from the hands of giants.
Someone just asked me why I think that Luke introduces his genealogy in chapter 3, after Jesus’ baptism, rather than the beginning like Matthew does. I think the answer is simple: Jesus is being baptized into his priestly duties.