Proper 15 • Luke 12:49–53 (54–56) • August 14, 2016


Proper 15 • Luke 12:49–53 (54–56) • August 14, 2016

Jeffrey A. Oschwald As if the themes of this Gospel weren’t challenge enough, two significant exegetical/translational questions must also be addressed. Luke 12:49b is “a passage of well-known difficulty, the translation of which remains doubtful.”1 Just presents the case for the translation “How I wish that it were already kindled,” but the parallels are not ..


Proper 13 • Luke 12:13–21 • July 31, 2016


Proper 13 • Luke 12:13–21 • July 31, 2016

David I. Lewis Literary Context In the verses proceeding today’s text Jesus confronts the religious authorities about their hypocrisy (11:37–54) and then warns his disciples to be faithful in the midst of persecution (12:1–12), persecution that would come in part from those very religious authorities. Today’s pericope then follows. Here Jesus turns from the disciples ..


Proper 9 • Luke 10:1–20 • July 3, 2016


Proper 9 • Luke 10:1–20 • July 3, 2016

By Timothy E. Saleska Sermon Notes Luke 10:1–20 does not develop an argument but instead lays out a series of sayings that are disparate in structure and content: a metaphor (v. 2); a comparison (v. 3); instructions (v. 4); regulations and brief developments of themes (vv. 5–13); lamentation (vv. 14–15); a wisdom saying (v. 16); a ..


Proper 5 • Luke 7:11–17 • June 5, 2016


Proper 5 • Luke 7:11–17 • June 5, 2016

By James Voelz Introduction and Overview This well-known pericope is “typical” of Luke’s Gospel in several important ways. Chief is the portrayal of Jesus as a prophetic figure (in something of a contrast to Matthew, where he is more obviously a Yahweh and Moses figure). This theme is initiated and made programmatic for the third Gospel ..


Proper 4 • Luke 7:1–10 • May 29, 2016


Proper 4 • Luke 7:1–10 • May 29, 2016

Joel Biermann At first blush, the central theme of this pericope seems to be faith and its remarkable residence in a Gentile centurion. That motif fits well with the preceding context. The centurion distinguishes himself not only as a capable builder of synagogues, but he is also a competent builder of houses, clearly founding his ..