A driving force behind the writing of Luke/Acts was the evangelist’s quest to explain how a reform movement which had been 100% Jewish in the early 30s of the first Christian century had become almost 100% Gentile by the mid-80s.... more
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Hans Walter Wolff often reminded us that Scripture teaches proper obedience and proper disobedience: obedience to the word of God; disobedience to those who would lead us away from that word.
Though this Lutheran scholar never had Luke in any of his classes, I... more
Luke composed his gospel and the Acts of the Apostles not only to tell his readers about the things Jesus said and did during his earthly and risen ministry, but also to teach his readers how to participate in that ministry.
(Ideally, all nine readings should be proclaimed tonight. But because of space limits, I can only comment on four.)
No other liturgy compares to this night's celebration. When Jesus' earliest followers... more