Sermons on “Luke”

The Lost Son

During Lent we remember God’s incredible compassion by reflecting on the Parable of the Lost (Prodigal) Son.

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The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

This parable reminds us that God operates, not on our conventional conceptions of fairness and causes and effects; but rather, God operates on contrarian wisdom—patience, faithful tending, and hopeful expectation.

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The Lament over Jerusalem

The one who comes in the name of the Lord will hold up to the people a vision of hope, liberation, and justice for the poor. This has always been the vision of God.

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The Way of Jesus

Early Christians were known as “People of the Way.” In our reading, Jesus teaches us three aspects of his way: 1) We do not live on bread alone, 2) We worship God, and serve only Him, and 3) We do not test the Lord our God.

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From Intimidation to Adoration

Earthly authorities frequently compel their subject to loyalty and respect by fear and coercion. Today we unpack how God embraces us in His pure benevolence and discover Jesus’ transfiguration.

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Love for Enemies

Jesus reminds us that it is effortless to love those who love us. Instead, he challenges us to love those who hate us and asks us to be as merciful as God.

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Blessings and Woes

The poor can help us see the need for a power greater than ourselves to heal us and give us happiness and meaning. They help us come to the day when we will clearly see the source of this power: Jesus, the Christ, our Savior.

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What Type of Peter Are You?

Getting near to God is a scary thing. Looking at two episodes from Peter’s life we see a change in how he responds to the greatness of Jesus.

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The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

“God doesn’t save people like you.” When these words are spoken in Nazareth the people turn on Jesus.

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The Baptism of Jesus

“You are my beloved child and with you I am well pleased.” How would it change your life if you heard God say these words to you?

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