Lent 3 • Luke 13:1–9 • February 28, 2016


Lent 3 • Luke 13:1–9 • February 28, 2016

By Glenn Nielsen In this text Jesus doesn’t explicitly accuse someone of something that needs repentance. Rather, he says the unfortunate people in the tragedies were not worse sinners. So this sermon focuses on the second half of repentance—the turning toward Jesus in faith—although a short section does mention what we need to turn away from. ..


Epiphany 2 • John 2:1–11 • January 17, 2016


Epiphany 2 • John 2:1–11 • January 17, 2016

By David I. Lewis Introduction  Today’s gospel lesson records the beginning of the miraculous signs (αρχη των σημειων) which Jesus did as recorded in the Gospel of John: Jesus changes gallons of water into excellent wine (καλος οινος). How preachers and commentators have interpreted the significance of this event has varied. For instance, some argue ..


Advent 3 • Luke 7:18–28 (29–35) • December 13, 2015


Advent 3 • Luke 7:18–28 (29–35) • December 13, 2015

By Jeffrey A. Oschwald Luke 7:18‒35 presents the preacher with a challenge: although unified by references to John, the three subsections are diverse in topic and style. As Fitzmyer notes, the passage deals with (1) John’s question and Jesus’s answer, (2) Jesus’s testimony concerning John, and (3) Jesus’s judgment of his generation’s assessment of himself ..