The Women of Easter Sabbath


Biblical Meditations, Luke, Theology
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“It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.  Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid.  Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes.  And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment” (Lk 23.54-56). Luke […]

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April 14, 2017

A Tale of Two Betrayers


Biblical Meditations, John, Luke, Mark, Matthew
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Matthew weaves a subtle thread through his crucifixion account.  While all the Gospel writers detail Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, only Matthew records what happened to Judas afterward (Mt 27.3-5; cf. Acts 1.18f.).  He does so in such a way to compare and contrast Judas with Peter: two deniers of Jesus.  And in contrasting these two betrayers, Matthew magnifies […]

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March 25, 2016

Grace for the Greedy


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Luke
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With rock star status Jesus was flanked by thousands (literally, “the myriads”) as he meandered through the Palestinian countryside (Lk 12.1).  Folks stumbled over each other for a glimpse, nugget or even piece of Jesus.  It never got to his head. Not one to waste an audience, Jesus introduced his disciples to Greed 101.  Luke […]

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October 6, 2015

Did Jesus Disobey His Parents?


Biblical Meditations, Luke, Theology
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Luke records the only adolescent account we have about Jesus between his birth and public ministry (Lk 2.41-51). Joseph and Mary were faithful Jews (cf. Lk 2.21-24, 39) who loved Torah and “went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover” (Lk 2.41). The year Jesus turned twelve was no different, at least […]

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December 22, 2013

Lunch With a Pharisee


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Luke
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“Woe to you!  For you build the tombs of the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them” (Lk 11.48). Jesus had lunch with a Pharisee one day (Lk 11.37).  Not only did Jesus not wash his hands before the meal, he proceeded to take his host to the cosmic woodshed.  Between bites of […]

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October 12, 2013

God’s Kingdom is Christ


Biblical Meditations, Luke, The Gospel, Theology
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What exactly is the “kingdom of God”?  It was the substance of Jesus’ earthly ministry (Lk 4.43).  It was a staple of Messianic expectations.  What Jesus taught about God’s kingdom, however, was much different than what most thought to be true of that kingdom. When we think of “kingdom” we think king with a capitol, […]

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October 6, 2013

Forsaken, Yet Entrusting


1 & 2 Peter, Biblical Meditations, Luke, Mark, Theology
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The gospel of Jesus Christ is remarkably good news.  It is indeed “living water” (Jn 4.14) because it never ceases to flow in or satisfy the Christian soul.  The Christian needs only one Well and that Well is infinitely supplied.  The gospel is a living truth in that it does things in and for those […]

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January 31, 2013