Reformation Day • John 8:31–36 • October 30, 2016


Reformation Day • John 8:31–36 • October 30, 2016

By Travis J. Scholl Commemorating the sixteenth-century events that came to be called the Protestant Reformation is more complicated than it used to be. Triumphalism—a certain weirdly coiffed presidential candidate notwithstanding—is no longer in vogue. We left it behind in favor of our more cosmopolitan sensibilities. Moreover, the drop in religious literacy has further problematized our ..


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 ..