1st Sunday of Lent – Sunday 14th February 2016 – Luke 4:1-13

Sorry, did last week’s then didn’t upload it – duhhh!

1st Sunday of Lent – Sunday 14th February 2016 – Luke 4:1-13

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 about – living in suburban Kidderminster.
  1. What left hand side of the brain thinking might I find surprising or challenging in this passage?
  1. The timeframe of these temptations are unclear. Did these temptations happen during the 40 days or after – vs 2, 3? Does it matter?
  2. Are the sequence of events important – hunger, power, use of the supernatural?
  3. Jesus doesn’t actually answer the devil in the 3rd temptation – v12. I wonder why?
  1. What right hand side of the brain thinking might I find surprising or challenging in this passage?
  1. Is the use of ‘3’ here important? Like a joke is the final temptation the crux of this story?
  2. Our minds and their thoughts, the way sometimes our desires take hold of our bodies and our actions, what image of ourselves might change this, what rituals might change these?
  3. ‘Deliver us from evil/the evil one/ hard testing.’ Let’s tell stories or testimonies about how we have done this.
  1. What might I preach about – living in suburban Kidderminster.
  1. Along with the Deueronomy passage, what stories have we about our church, about vicars who came and went, about what happened on such a day. What stories are being told about us now?
  2. What story are we telling ourselves about where we are going especially when we are struggling to pay our parish share.
  3. What story both positive and negative might we tell.
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