Category Archives: Prayer

“A body full of light” (Luke 11)

Jesus talks of having a body “full of light.” It sounds absolutely wonderful, like  a week in a spa resort or the spiritual equivalent of a fat-free diet. So what did he mean? (And how can I get one?) Well, … Continue reading

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“Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11)

Perhaps it is not so strange that the Bible doesn’t contain the request “Teach us to preach” or “Teach us to perform well.” Only “Teach us to pray.” For the truth is that if we can do the last thing, … Continue reading

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If Jesus didn’t eat with sinners, I would still be lost and hungry

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, “Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”” (Luke 7:34) The first thing to say is that if you think this famous verse … Continue reading

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Defy the Culture by refusing to get angry

Jesus was the archetypal Culture-Defier. He taught creative ways  to swim against the tide of the prevailing worldview. In a culture of fear, suspicion and prejudice, he taught (and lived out) confident love, empathy and kindness. And where people felt … Continue reading

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He speaks and it gets done (Luke 7:1-10)

“When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was ill and about to die.  The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders … Continue reading

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Specks and Planks (Luke 6)

‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Luke 6:41) So often we read these familiar sayings of Jesus and forget how funny they are. … Continue reading

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Living the Jesus Way (Luke 6)

The Jesus Way of living -as outlined in Luke 6- is extraordinary. In the familiar line by G.K.Chesterton:  “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” Luke 6: 27 begins: … Continue reading

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