You shall likewise perish

Joe Rigney of Bethlehem College and Seminary offers further observations on Luke 12-13. The remainder of the post is from Joe. In 12:49-53, Jesus says that he’s come to cast fire on the earth and divide families. He goes on to make a point about his audience’s ability to discern . . . . Continue Reading »

You shall likewise perish

Aaron Cummings adds some thoughts on Luke 13 to my earlier post in which I quoted Jonathan Edwards’s interpretation of Jesus’ warning that “you shall all likewise perish.” The rest of the post is from Aaron. You noted parallels in vv 1-4. The next section (vv 5-17) likewise . . . . Continue Reading »

You shall likewise perish

Edwards ( The Blank Bible , 907) pre-channels NT Wright in his comments on Jesus’ warning in Luke 13: “Christ in these words seems to have respect to something more than merely their perishing, as well as they, unless they repented. He seems also to have regard to the ‘remarkable . . . . Continue Reading »

Poor Gentiles

Jesus reads Isaiah 61 in His first sermon at Nazareth, and says that He fulfills prophets’ promise of an anointed Servant to preach good news to the poor (Luke 4). It is a programmatic sermon for Luke’s gospel, who highlights Jesus’ ministry among the marginal and weak. In the . . . . Continue Reading »

Gifts just to the just?

Sirach (12:1-2) advises, “If you do good, know for whom you are doing it, and your kindness will have its effect. Do good to the just and reward will be yours ( antapodoma ), if not from him, from the Lord.” This sounds like Proverbs: “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, . . . . Continue Reading »

Easter Octave Homily

“Where have you been for the past week? You must be the only one in town who doesn’t know what happened.” Cleopas and his friend were rushing to get out of Jerusalem. Three days before, the Romans had captured their teacher, tried him, and crucified him. They knew what Romans did . . . . Continue Reading »

This cup

In his Exhortation to Martyrdom ( Origen: An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works , p. 61 ), Origen ponders why Jesus would have resisted martyrdom by asking His Father to remove the cup from him. Origen quotes from the synoptics, each of which quotes Jesus praying for the removal . . . . Continue Reading »