Day 9: Luke 3:23-4:13

Here is the Link for Today’s Reading:   Genealogy 3:23-38 Matthew’s Gospel starts with a similar (although not exactly the same) genealogy.  (look at it here)  The genealogy only exists in Luke and Matthew’s gospels.  It echoes back to Genesis, and the extended genealogies that exist there (look at Genesis […]

Day 8: Luke 3:1-22

Here is the Link for Today’s Reading:   Ministry of John the Baptist: 3:1-20 We do another big jump, about 18 years.  Think of this like Part II of the gospel of Luke (if the introduction is left as an introduction and not a part).  Luke starts this next section […]

Day 7: Luke 2:41-52

Here is the Link for Today’s Text: Finding the Temple: 2:41-52 This scene always reminds me of the movie Home Alone, with Jesus left behind and his parents flipping out after apparently miscounting the group they were with. Kevin McAlister references aside, this is the only account of Jesus […]

Day 6: Luke 2:21-40

Here is the Link for Today’s Reading: Circumcision of Jesus: Luke 2:21-24 An important detail here is that Jesus’ family offered a sacrifice of turtle doves.  The temple was set up so that just inside, pilgrims were able to purchase sacrifices. There were varying levels depending on ones wealth, with […]

Day 5: Luke 2:8-20

Here is the Link for Today’s Reading:   Annunciation of the Shepherds 2:8-15 Typically nativity scenes tend to blend together the different gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth. It is important to pay attention to the fact that Luke’s account does not include the magi (or three kings) that are in […]

Day Two: Luke 1:26-45

Here is the link to today’s reading:   When compared with yesterday’s reading, it is easy to see the parallels drawn between Elizabeth and Mary, or at least their reactions to the news that they would be bearing a son who would be considered holy. It would be great if […]

Day One: Luke 1:1-25

Here is the Link to today’s reading:   Verses 1-4 This is referred to as the Formal introduction of the Gospel according to Luke. Take a moment, and look at the beginnings of the other gospels, each starts in its own unique way.  Matthew with a genealogy, Mark by declaring […]

Reading Luke in 53 Days

Greetings on this Ash Wednesday, Our Ash Wednesday Service is just completed, and I wanted to share with all of you my Lenten Discipline. During Lent this year I will be reading the entirety of the Gospel of Luke in roughly 25 verse snippets (although not always exactly 25 verses), […]

What’s in a Name?

then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being -Genesis 2:7 Let’s start by acknowledging what we find in Genesis 2 and 3.   We all know that Genesis 1 tells […]

A Ministry of Reconciliation

“I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” -Genesis 9:11 On Monday, July 7th, I heard a very dramatic story on NPR from Jerusalem. I […]