Tag Archives: Gospels

The widow and “the system”

Here’s a striking example of the importance of context (and of the unfortunate effect that chapter breaks and headings can have on our interpretation of the Bible): the story of “the widow’s mite” in Mark 12:41-44: He sat down opposite … Continue reading

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The triumphal entry

When was Jesus’ “triumphal entry”? Judging from their section headings, most Bible translations are agreed: Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey. However, reading Luke 23:39-43 yesterday, it struck me that the Gospels give a different answer to … Continue reading

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A thunderbolt of revelation

My Bible reading this morning included the “Johannine thunderbolt” from Luke 10:22: At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from … Continue reading

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The sweet smell of forgiveness

Great sermon by our pastor this morning (available from our website here, or via our new RSS feed for audio content) on Luke 7:36-50, the account of the prostitute anointing Jesus at Simon the Pharisee’s house. My wife and I … Continue reading

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Pulling a crowd

At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee. – Mark 1:28   Over the past few days I’ve been reading Mark 1:21-2:12, which focus on Jesus’ healing ministry. This has called to mind a point … Continue reading

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“The Bible is exactly as God wanted it to be”

My holiday reading last week included Bo Giertz’s book The Hammer of God (which I’ve read, and posted on, before), and I was struck by the following passage in which Pastor Bengtsson (an orthodox Lutheran) tells his more liberal colleague … Continue reading

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Reading St John’s Gospel “eucharistically”

Thanks to all those who contributed to the thread on the Lord’s Supper in John’s Gospel last week. Some stimulating holiday reading, and a number of points I want to investigate for myself in more detail. The key point is … Continue reading

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