John, Jesus, and the Jews (Luke 7:24-35)

The next story in Luke chapter 7 flows out of yesterday’s dialogue between Jesus and the disciples of John the Baptist. You’ll remember that John sent them to check whether he had it right – that Jesus was indeed bringing in the kingdom, since there was still…ahem…one prisoner, Mr. Jesus, who had not been released. What’s going… Continue reading John, Jesus, and the Jews (Luke 7:24-35)

An awkward-turtle moment in Capernaum – part 1 (Luke 7:34-50)

Are you familiar with the awkward turtle? If you’re over 40, you’re probably not. At 43, I’m technically too old to know about it, but for more than a decade I was a pastor to young adults. Keeps me young. And well-informed when it comes to useless information about youth culture. And one of the more useless… Continue reading An awkward-turtle moment in Capernaum – part 1 (Luke 7:34-50)

An awkward-turtle moment in Capernaum – part 2 (Luke 7:34-50)

Yesterday, we started looking at the story of Jesus at Simon’s house in Capernaum, where a “woman of ill repute” poured perfume on his feet and wiped them with her hair. (You need to read that post before beginning today’s. ) After Jesus’ parable about the man who had been forgiven a great debt vs… Continue reading An awkward-turtle moment in Capernaum – part 2 (Luke 7:34-50)