1st Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 29th May 2016 – Luke 7:1-10.

1st Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 29th May 2016 – Luke 7:1-10.

It seems a long long time since Ordinary Time; so much so it feels like a celebration that it is. A series of miracles stories from Luke are set for the next few weeks. Perhaps some information about our 21st Century view of miracles is needed.  

I got the inspiration from this article I read:

(I gather the link I’ve been giving isn’t working) – The article is ‘Angels and Dreams: Second Naivete and the Christian Imagination’ and is on http://www.abc.net.au

Prof. Sarah Coakley considers the ways the left side of the brain and the right side produces 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 centurion applies his knowledge of the structures of power he is familiar with to this new situation. This amazes Jesus!
  2. The centurion, not a Jew, honours Jesus. This amazes Jesus!
  3. The centurion believes in Jesus’ miracle working power. This amazes Jesus!
  1. What right hand side of the brain thinking might I find surprising or challenging in this passage?
  1. It is his faith Jesus comments on. The centurion has faith and believes in Jesus’ power.
  2. A reminder that whether our sceptical minds accepts miracles happen or not is less important as these 1st century people do believe. What is more important is what this shows about Jesus.
  3. What does it show about Jesus? That he has power, that faith impresses him. That all the other stuff: his good works, his good relations to the Jewish leadership is less important
  1. What might I preach about – living in suburban Kidderminster.
  1. How can we increase our faith? Especially when we don’t see prayer answered.
  2. I will look at miracles and reject the logical reasoning – excuses made for what happened. And discuss more what we can learnt about Jesus, what can we learn about ourselves.
  3. Bringing others to Jesus. How we might do this?
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