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Preaching Series on Stewardship/Generosity (3 of 3)
Intro to Year 1 (2018-2019)
Luke 12:13-34 Commentary
by Karl Jacobson
Preaching Series on Stewardship/Generosity (Week 3 of 3)
Preaching text: Luke 12:13-34, emphasis on fear, treasure for oneself Accompanying text: Psalm 51:15-17
“My philosophy is if you worry, you suffer twice.” Newt Scamander.
Luke’s context for the language of “treasure in heaven” is, again, different. In Matthew, Jesus was preaching. In Mark, a man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. In Luke, two brothers are in disagreement over their inheritance, and one of them asks Jesus for help.
Jesus then tells them a parable. The parable shows us a man who “has” in abundance, but who keeps building bigger storage for the more that he feels he needs. And then, when he has all he needs, he can “eat, drink, and be merry.” This attitude, which echoes that pessimistic attitude of Ecclesiastes (9:7, “Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has long ago approved what you do”), Jesus challenges. God is not ...
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Summer 2020 Readings
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Narrative Lectionary 322: Preaching Series on Stewardship/Generosity
September 02, 2018
This podcast covers the three-week summer preaching series on Stewardship/Generosity. Join Profs. Adam Copeland, Cameron Howard, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for a conversation on the Narrative Lectionary. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for WorkingPreacher.org.