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Gospel of Luke

Fear and Wisdom in the Immigration Debate

Raj Nadella | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Raj Nadella

The current debate on immigration reform raises several pertinent questions. The story of the "demon-possessed" person in Luke 8 offers some helpful insights.

Finding A Christian Way Forward On Gay Marriage In The Things Unsaid

Joel L. Watts | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Let us pause and consider all of the things Jesus could have possibly said -- and yet didn't -- to the Centurion who loved his pais enough to debase himself in front of the traveling Galilean prophet.

Women, Work And The Word

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Look to the widow, look to the single mother. There you will see faith in all its fullness. There you will see Jesus calling us to embrace God's reign.

Faith In New Places

Dirk G. Lange | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Dirk G. Lange

Faith propels communities and people forward onto paths untrodden, into places unheard of, across many culturally and religiously imposed boundaries, and in that movement, faith is also discovered, the faith of others, and together, ways of reconciliation and peace are created.

Pope Francis And The New Pluralism

David Lose | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
David Lose

The pope made waves when he said in a sermon last week that Jesus Christ redeems all: those who are Roman Catholic and those who are not; those who believe, and those who don't.

Melissa Harris Perry, Luke 12:48 And The Power Of Public Theology

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

I've been thinking about the power of a random comment on a blog post to engender what resulted in an exercise in public theology. It started with a comment I made on the controversy around Melissa Harris-Perry's recent "Lean Forward" ad.

When People You Don’t Much Like Receive God’s Love

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

The story of the prodigal is about God's ever expanding grace, a grace that will offend our sensibilities and our collective sense of fairness. God's grace cares little for our reputation in this world.

How To Survive All The Threatening Headlines

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Jesus' summons to repent is not escapism or a minimization of life's hardships. It means coming to discover God as the source of sustenance, belonging, meaning and hope in this difficult life and into future existence.

Giving Up Literalism For Lent

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Just as Jesus refused to let the devil tempt him with Scriptural Literalism in the first century wilderness, we must resist the same temptation in the 21st -- because it makes no more sense now than it did then to take the Living Word of God and misuse it as the Literal Words of God.

Setting The World On Fire

Melissa Browning | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Melissa Browning

In a world where climate change is evidenced in super storms, wildfires, heat waves, droughts and floods, it is urgent that people of faith return to our first responsibility of being stewards of the world in which we live.

Immigration Reform And The Challenges Of Generosity

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

When we extend generosity and justice to others, it alters our relationship to them. Especially when those "others" are foreign to us. Hospitality has ways of making the people who receive it come inside and stick around, whether we really want them to or not.

The Abortion Debate: We’re All In This Together

Barbara Kay Lundblad | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Barbara Kay Lundblad

How shall we interpret what Jesus said in light of our deep divisions over abortion? Is the fetus in the womb oppressed or is the pregnant woman denied choices oppressed?

Is the Christmas Story Trustworthy?

David Lose | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
David Lose

While the Pope may have a vested interest in attempting to validate the historical accuracy of the stories of Jesus' birth, I think we misunderstand their intent by doing so.

Can We Speak Of God’s Activity, In Triumph Or Tragedy?

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Certain Christians seem compelled to speak for God in disorienting moments like these, and the results are frequently terrible. The rest of the church has a responsibility to get angry and repudiate such statements.

On The Fiscal Cliff With John The Baptist: Luke 3:7-18

Carolyn Sharp | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Sharp

There I was, making our end-of-year donations to charities and development organizations, when I heard the voice of John the Baptist, sardonic and insistent: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"

Obama & China: Christmas Is Coming! Time for Luke Not Nukes for World Peace

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Noel Irwin Hentschel

From Washington, D.C. to Jerusalem to Beijing to Pyongyang and Tehran, if they pay attention to Luke, leaders will be inspired to consider Jesus' teachings found within insightful parables.

Progressives, Advent, And The End Of The World

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 02.01.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

If we enter the Advent journey with a different perspective on time, the apocalyptic texts speak afresh.

The One Percent And Mimetic Desire

Eric Simpson | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Eric Simpson

We see other people fulfill or seek to fulfill their desires, and a kind of craving is born for the same object the other wants. This is why television advertising works. Desire is born from a concrete witness.

Mary, Martha And The Masters

Lisa Hickman | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

What would Jesus do at the Masters? For Luke, the story of Mary and Martha is the answer to that question. While the reception history of this text has relegated it to the kitchen, the original intent of Luke was much more revolutionary.

Luke 24:36b-48: A Welcoming Table

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 06.18.2012 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Jesus welcomes everyone to his table, and how different this is from the practice of Christian hospitality in American politics today.

The Power Of "I'm Sorry"

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

There is something powerful about saying "I'm sorry." Lent forces us to come to grips with the need to both give and receive apologies.

What Really Happened To Paul On The Road To Damascus?

John Dominic Crossan | Posted 05.20.2012 | Religion
John Dominic Crossan

It is not that Luke lacks correct information about Paul. It is that he interprets all he has from the viewpoint of at least two generations after Paul.

Luke 2:22-40: How Are We Caring for Our Children Today?

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Hedahl | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Within this text of love and support for a child, we unmistakably hear the note of justice sounded clearly. Indeed the rising and falling of many has and will occur in terms of their treatment of children.

The Absurdity Of Christmas

David Lose | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
David Lose

I've been struck by the ads and billboards atheists have purchased this year suggesting that Christmas is a myth. Struck. Not offended or angered. Just struck. And they may be right.

Luke 2:1-20: The “Real” War on Christmas?

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

If there is a war on Christmas, it is not being waged by Walmart and Target. If there is a war on Christmas, I think the assault is both more subtle and more pernicious than perplexed conspiracy theories.