Tag Archives: parables

  1. Good fences make good neighbors? (Luke 16.19-31) [sermon 3-26-2017]

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    March 24, 2017 by jmar198013

    The rich man—who was used to getting his way—wouldn’t let up. “No, Father Abraham!” he argued. “But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will change their hearts and lives.” Abraham said, “If they don’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, then neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.” And that gives the story a new twist. Because we know Jesus, the one telling the story, would himself rise from the dead later. But even that wouldn’t convince a lot of people. When you invest yourself in getting more stuff, gaining more status, and winning at any cost—like the Pharisees—you become blind to many things.

  2. Neighbors (Luke 10.25-37) [sermon 3-5-2017]


    March 2, 2017 by jmar198013

    What must I do to gain eternal life? That was the scribe’s original question. Jesus’s final answer is to go and do what the Samaritan did that day. And in two thousand years, I don’t believe his answer has changed.

  3. Saving your life and losing it: Reading Luke with Oscar Romero


    August 14, 2013 by jmar198013

    The Gospel of Luke’s parables of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16.19-31) and the rich fool (12.16-20) provide excellent commentary on Jesus’ words in Luke 9.24-25: “All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will save them. What advantage do people have if they gain the whole world for themselves yet perish or lose their lives?” These generic rich men represent those who would secure their lives, but ultimately discover their lives lost. Their hells are homemade. Oscar Romero, one of the martyrs of our time, recognized that our lives are secured only as they are invested in the least among us. His forthright telling of this truth cost him his life. Preaching like he did might not get you shot in America, but it may very well get you fired. Yet, the church must be called into salvation, lest we share the fate of Luke’s rich men: dying lost in our gated communities, buried under our lucre. If Christians and churches live like that, we too may die unnoticed, unlamented, and forgotten.

  4. Many invited, few chosen: A Lord’s Supper homily on Matt. 22.1-14, from 10.28.12


    October 30, 2012 by jmar198013

    Matthew 22, with its murdered slaves, burned out city, and expulsion of a dinner guest, is a messy, gritty, and raw tale. But what Jesus did to make our place at the table was also messy, gritty, and raw.



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