confused by a parable

What do you think this parable, often called “The dishonest manager”(Luke 16:1-13), is about? You can read it here. I’ll confess, I don’t know what to think about it. At first glance, a plain reading, Jesus appears to endorse dishonest behavior. “And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this […]

Who is this?

We’re taking a break this week from Jonathan Haidt’s very fine book, The Righteous Mind, and returning to theology. Some of you regular readers might know, I also write for the weekly blog for Westminster Reads *, We’re reading the “Gospel of Luke” now and this week’s reading (which will be posted late 6/16 or early 6/17) includes the […]

Dishonesty is the best policy?

If we all named our favorite parable, I’d bet that the parable of the Dishonest Steward is not on anyone’s list.  It’s a difficult parable.   What is going on in this parable?  Joel B. Green in his commentary on Luke reminds us that we ought not to read this parable allegorically; that is trying to […]

Useless Prayer

A couple of weeks ago, the gospel reading was Luke’s telling of the Mary and Martha story. In that story Martha comes to Jesus and says, “… Tell her [Mary] to help me”.  Two weeks later in the gospel reading, Luke 12:13-21, a person asks Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with […]

Jesus, a Pharisee and a Sinner

The story of Jesus, Simon the pharisee and the woman sinner ( Luke 7:36-50) is well known (although often confused with the story of the woman who anoints Jesus before his death). Like many of the stories in the Bible, there are many things to consider in this story. Today, let’s just focus primarily on the woman.  Just before the […]