Monthly Archives: April 2016

  • Read through the Bible, Part 12

    1 Samuel 25 – 2 Samuel 10; Luke 14:25 – 18:34

    In Luke 17:11-19 Jesus cleanses 10 lepers. Leprosy plagued those who had it with a host of physical manifestations. But that was not the worst of it. Worse than this, leprosy plagued those who had it spiritually. Those with this infection were forced out, outside of the community of faith—physically and spiritually. Those infected were no longer welcome in the worship of God.

    After Jesus cleanses the 10 lepers, only one returned to say thank you and to pay his debt of gratitude. It makes one wonder where the other nine went. Who knows. The point of the story is not where they went but where they didn’t go. The point is they didn’t come back and say thanks to Jesus and pay their debt of gratitude to him. But I … Read More »

  • Read through the Bible, Part 11

    1 Samuel 9 – 24; Luke 11:37 – 14:24

    In Luke Jesus tells the parable of the rich fool (12:13-21). It’s not so much about money as it is about affections. In other words, money isn’t the problem. The man has a bad heart. This is why Jesus says to all those who hear, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (12:15). Likewise, Jesus follows this up with a word to those who don’t have anything but, nevertheless, seem to be infected with the same disease: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing” (12:22-23). Funny thing, isn’t … Read More »

  • Read through the Bible, Part 10

    Judges 16 – 1 Samuel 8; Luke 8:4 – 11:36

    This week in our “Through the Bible” reading we heard the request of the disciples for Jesus to teach them how to pray (Lk. 11:1). There is something breathtaking about that request, isn’t there? Imagine for a moment. Jesus. The incarnate Son of God and Israel’s messiah teaching you how to pray. I don’t know about you, but I would muster all of my attention and concentration. And here it is, recorded for us, in a sort of shorthand way, an outline for prayer.

    It might be helpful for us to revisit the question of why we pray the Lord’s Prayer in our worship services. Honestly, I feel a little weird defending the practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer in our services.  No one seems to mind when an elder prays one … Read More »