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Gospel of Luke

Mary and Joseph

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Joseph and Mary remind us that Christmas is a genuine love story--the story of God's unwavering love for us and our love for him; the marvelous love of a wife and a husband and the joyous wonder of a first child.

Spit or Swallow? A Gay Christian Challenge to Lukewarm Christian Moderates as the Supreme Court Swings Right

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Where education and "dialogue" with lukewarm Christian "allies" continues to be a one-sided effort to which only LGBTQ Christians and a handful of outspoken allies contribute, perhaps it's time to recognize what Jesus taught in the parable of the sower.

Biblical Hospital Advertising: Message of Hope or Despair?

Maria Mayo | Posted 08.29.2014 | Religion
Maria Mayo

"At times of great spiritual anguish for patients and families, I find it completely inappropriate that the hospital that is charged with their care would make promises about God they simply cannot keep"

What Did Dave Brat Learn in Seminary?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

In fact, everything I learned at Princeton Seminary points me away from what I see as the moral laziness of libertarianism, in which I take care of me and nobody else.

The Resurrection of Jesus

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Millions of people from all parts of the world will celebrate Easter because they, like I, believe what the early Gospel writers wrote about: that Jesus was raised from the dead and life eternal with Jesus in the kingdom of heaven is ours through faith in Jesus. Hallelujah!

Jesus the Strategist: Part II

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

By the time Jesus got to the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Jewish leaders -- the priests, the Pharisees, the Sanhedrin -- were concerned about the large number of people who apparently had joined up with him. Was Jesus about to launch a campaign to anoint himself as the expected Messiah?

Christian Community as Safe Pasture: A Challenge to George Fox University's False Witness

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As reported in several media outlets late last week, the Christian college George Fox University is refusing to allow Jayce, a transgender student, to live on campus in housing appropriate for his gender.

Jesus the Strategist: -Part I

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Palm Sunday is only one week away. Have you ever stopped to think about what Jesus did the week before the original Palm Sunday?

Crumbs From the Table? Still Too Much for Gay Christians According to WorldVision

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Those of us who as LGBTQ Christians tried to support World Vision against homophobic backlash with our financial donations cannot follow the example of those we criticized in these last two days.

The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like...

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) starts out by these intriguing words: "The kingdom of heaven is like..." In the Gospels there are ...

The Son of God: Safe and Comfortable Middle Class Jesus

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey fail in their newly-released film The Son of God, because their interpretation of Scripture is simplistic and triumphalist. Where there are choices to be made -- and with the Gospels, the choices abound -- Burnett and Downey have an unerring urge to favor the safe ones.

Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

As we celebrate Christmas, may we remember the significance of the Incarnation and the second part of the Trinity -- what Christmas is really all about. And let our celebration of nearly two weeks truly glorifying God the Son.

Luke 1:39-45(46-55): The Other Side of the Tray

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

And there is the key to Christmas joy. The little-known secret of Christmas is that our joy is full when we study and learn from Mary as servant, God as servant, Jesus as servant, and become servants ourselves. When we do, our joy will be full.

Advent as Grateful Waiting for God's Gift of Spiritual Companionship

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Waiting has been a powerful spiritual theme in my life, especially with regard to decades of delay in being able to live as a fully adult man, delayed for decades as a transgender person stalled by both doctors and religious mentors in a wilderness experience of confusion and falsehood.

Did You Know Cleopatra Is in the Bible?

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Before I write anything I always open my bible. If you aren't like-minded this may sound bonkers: Everything in there is give or take 2,000 years old, but this is the meaning of 'The Living Word.' It can and will speak to you.

Pope Francis: Holy Humility in Community (Luke 18:9-14)

Carolyn Sharp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Sharp

Reversals of power play through many stories and poems of Scripture. The sacred texts foundational to Jewish and Christian identity are insistent in their efforts to reconfigure our understanding of what counts as valuable and holy.

A House Remodel That Matters

Robert Hoch | Posted 12.02.2013 | Religion
Robert Hoch

What would it be like to "recalculate" what you're owed, cutting that amount by half?

Scholars and the Gospels

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

There are basically two kinds of scholars: The "scholars' scholar," who concentrates on very advanced levels of research that other scholars understand, and the "laymen's scholar," who focuses on scholarly matters of a less intense nature that the average layperson understands.

Zacchaeus Meets Mao: Reflection From a First Time Visitor to a Church in China

Kim Yunez | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Kim Yunez

Contrary to popular belief (in American minds), this church was anything but "underground." Nearly every seat was occupied and once when the camera jib swept across the audience, I saw myself smiling at how our group did not blend into the crowd.

Good Samaritans All Around

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 is so familiar that to some it probably starts to verge on a cliché. However, this story is no less powerful, no less needed today, for behind its simplicity we find a lifetime of wisdom and a shocking upturning of our values.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

Luke 9:51-62: Resistance Is Futile

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

This week's rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 will of course find resistance -- some of it extreme. So what does Luke say to us that might be helpful in the midst of so many contrary positions?

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.