Luke 14:15–24 So much happens around dinner in the Gospel of Luke. And often, we are listening to Jesus eating with wealthy people. He ate with them often enough to know how to do it acceptably. He knew how to recline at the table, when to wash, when to reach into the food. He knew … Continue reading Be present at our table, Lord.
Robert Alter noticed that the striking thing about the way the story of Moses on Sinai is told, is the “terrifying distance” between him and everyone watching below the cloud. That was rolling around in my head the week I preached this, and somehow the inescapable thought was the loneliness of that scene. And then, even the loneliness of Jesus in the Transfiguration.
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Several years ago, before I’d ever read Ellen Davis’ work on the Old Testament as texts intensely concerned with the care of the land, I heard an interview she gave on the radio. She described growing up in California and the awareness of what a precious and easily wounded that land was, and how … Continue reading Orange Groves, Emmanuel