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Between the Lines: Proper 12- July 28, 2013


Solitude (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

Text: Luke 11:1-13

He was praying in a certain place…

Prayer seems to be a central concern of the author of Luke and Acts. Together, these two books contain nearly 40% of all the references to prayer in the entire New Testament. Luke is the only one of the Gospel writers to describe Jesus as praying after being baptized (3:21), withdrawing into the wilderness to pray (5:16), praying on a mountain before calling the disciples (6:12), praying before he asks the disciples “Who do they say I am?” (9:18), going up the mountain to pray and being transfigured “as he was praying” (9:28), being asked by his disciples while he is praying to “Teach us to pray,” (11:1), telling his disciples to pray for strength (21:36), praying for Simon’s faith (22:32), telling the disciples twice to pray in Gethsemane (22:40), and praying so that his sweat was “like drops of blood” (22:44, appearing in some early manuscripts).

In addition, Luke alone describes three parables about prayer; two of which often puzzle the reader:

If Jesus was a prayerful person, what do you make of the fact that the other gospel writers do not emphasize that aspect of his life as much? What difference does it make to your understanding of Jesus to highlight his prayerfulness? How do you imagine Jesus’ prayer? How do you understand your own praying?

– Andy Kille

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see  About BibleWorkbench.

“The Bible tells me. So?”

The Vizsoly Bible, in Vizsoly

The Vizsoly Bible, in Vizsoly
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A couple of months ago, Bill Leonard, Professor of Church History and Baptist Studies at Wake Forest University wrote a reflection on what so often happens when people get into a “Bible quoting” mode. We wrote:

Lent, the season of reflection and repentance, offers opportunity for those of us who live in and out of the Bible to acknowledge that the church’s history is full of acts and imperatives thought to be grounded in Holy Scripture that led the church to make horrible mistakes. Continue reading

Where do you get your financial advice?

Kim Kardashian Fragrance Launch, Glendale, CA ...

Kim Kardashian Fragrance Launch, Glendale, CA on February 22, 2011 - Photo by Glenn Francis of http://www.PacificProDigital.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kim Kardashian, The Donald trump Bible for money advice. So goes the headline on a story at Faith and Reason. According to writer Cathy Lynn Grossman, a recent poll by the American Bible Society discovered that Americans are far more likely to look to figures in popular culture for guidance on money and what to do with it than to the Bible.

Maybe that’s not surprising, given the counter-(American)cultural way that the Bible deals with wealth (see the Between the Lines entry for this coming Sunday).

What’s amusing, though, besides the thought of theoretically faithful people taking financial advice from the Kardashians, is that the American Bible Society presents the results of its survey as part of an advertisement for a new product: The Financial Stewardship Bible. I guess instead of selling all and laying it at the feet of the apostles, you’re just supposed to send it to ABS.