3rd Sunday of Epiphany – Sunday 24 January 2016 – Luke 4:14-21

3rd Sunday of Epiphany – Sunday 24 January 2016 – Luke 4:14-21

Had a break as I’d got a bit stale but this new way of looking at Scripture I’m enjoying – I hope you do it.

I got the inspiration from this article I read over Christmas:

http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2015/12/29/4379689.htm

where Prof. Sarah Coakley considers left side of the brain and the right side to produce different thinking states. The left ‘side of the brain (with) that neurological states associated with cool analysis and executive decisions’. 

Whereas ‘In contrast, the right brain’s capacity to replenish, enrich and re-invigorate our cultural imagination by means of meditation, dream, myth, ritual, music and poetry’. 

So My three questions will be:

  1. What left hand side of the brain thinking might I find surprising or challenging in this passage?
  2. What right hand side of the brain thinking might I find surprising or challenging in this passage?
  3. What might I preach on – living in suburban Kidderminster.
  1. What left hand side of the brain thinking might I find surprising or challenging in this passage?
  1. Jesus isn’t reading what is in front of him (yes the scroll was there); he’s reciting an amalgam of Scripture – adding and removing items in the original Isaiah. Why does Jesus change Isaiah?
  2. Isaiah’s list if very political about changing the lives of people who are oppressed, broken-hearted, captives and prisoners. Jesus adds ‘sight to the blind’. Why might he do this?
  3. Jesus has everyone’s attention. He grips them. How does he do this?
  1. What right hand side of the brain thinking might I find surprising or challenging in this passage?
  1. The narrative slows down before and after Jesus reads. What effect is Luke trying to achieve?
  2. His congregation seem to be spellbound. What ‘magic’ is Jesus using to do this?
  3. How does the year of God’s favour show itself?
  1. What might I preach on – living in suburban Kidderminster.
  1. The year of God’s favour is being shown in our working toward as Churches Together in Kidderminster: food banks, debt relief, contact centre, street pastors etc. Celebrate these and wonder what else needs to be done.
  2. We don’t have a mission statement. What might be on it if we had?
  3. Let’s celebrate the good news and remind ourselves why it’s good.
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