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Pray, and Don’t Lose Heart: Thoughts on the Parable of the Persistent Widow

Sir John Everett Millais (British, Southampton 1829–1896 London)

This post is a reflection on the Parable of the Persistent Widow and the Unrighteous Judge in Luke 18.  But before considering this parable, I’d like to start by reflecting upon a Psalm: Continue reading

The Waiting Father: Thoughts on the Prodigal Son

Actually, this morning we come to the Parable of the Prodigal Son, probably one of the more famous parables that Jesus told.  It’s a fairly straightforward parable that concludes a trilogy of teachings about the heart of the Father towards his wayward and sinful children.  To refresh your memory from last week, we’ve been looking at Luke chapter 15. Continue reading

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner: Thoughts on the Parable of the Great Banquet

This morning we approach the parable of the Great Banquet.  This is a continuation of the same event that we studied last week.  To refresh your memory, it is the sabbath and Jesus has been invited to the home of a ruler of the Pharisees.  While there, he starts off with what is to them is a scandalous action: recall that he heals a man and then challenges them on whether or not such a healing is among the works that should be counted as a violation of God’s sabbath (as opposed to their customs).  Then, after exposing their hypocrisy, he proceeds to instruct them in true humility.

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The Wise and Faithful Servant: A Meditation

We’re continuing a study on the parables of Jesus as recorded in the gospel of Luke and once again, last week it was my turn to teach a lesson on Luke 12:35-48, which is a short passage, but a surprisingly challenging one!  Depending on your version of the Bible, you might have a heading before this section that reads “You Must Be Ready” (or something similar) or maybe one that says “The Faithful Servant & the Evil Servant”.   So let’s jump right in and study this passage….

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Lost and Found

I’m writing this post on a pad of notebook paper.  I haven’t done that in a long time, but there’s a reason for it.  Recently I was waxing eloquently on my WordPress dashboard.  I was in the zone and it was pure genius.  The poetry of prose flowed and my mind glowed.  And then, in an instant (you of course guessed it), it was gone.  I hadn’t saved a draft periodically.  An amateur mistake.  And I know you know the feeling; like a deflated balloon. Continue reading