Hearing about, experiencing and responding to the love of God.
Paul Bickley speaks from Luke 22:14-20.
After a dozen meals in Luke’s gospel, we finally come to the meal in Luke’s gospel. It’s Jesus version of the Jewish Passover meal, celebrated by the people of Israel since their escape from slavery in Egypt. But what is the meal about? Think of three things: identity, community and mystery.
Becca Bickley speaks from Luke 19:1-10.
Zacchaeus was an outsider. He had rejected the religious way of life and the religious had rejected him. Perhaps he knew he was on the wrong path. Perhaps he didn’t even care.
But he did look for Jesus. He had heard about this man who was raising the dead, healing the blind, and casting out demons. Who wouldn’t be interested?
Paul Bickley speaks from Luke 10:25-42.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan and the story of Jesus’ visit to Mary and Martha’s house belong together. One is about the outward move to our neighbours, the other is about the move toward Jesus. Business without the presence of Jesus becomes anxiety and worry about many things. We need to consciously choose the better way.
Paul Bickley speaks from Luke 7:36-50.
Luke presents us with three characters – the woman, Simon the Pharisee (and his companions), and Jesus. He asks who these people are and what we are to make of their conduct.
We see that Simon, the host, actually can’t receive Jesus for who he is. The woman – a gatecrasher – becomes the host, doing for Jesus what Simon can’t. And Jesus is shown as the one who can forgive sins.
Paul Bickley starts a new series looking at the meal scenes in Luke.
In Luke 5:27-39 Jesus eats with tax collectors and sinners and speaks about why his disciples are always feasting. The preparation was over – the bridegroom was in town and, as Luke will say later, the Son of Man came eating and drinking.
Paul Bickley speaks from John 12:1-8.
You can be a religious opportunist, a bean-counter, or a worshipper. Mary was the last of these. She knows the only response to Jesus in extravagant worship. Her bottle broken and nothing kept back because Jesus’ body was broken and his life flowed out.