Institute of Mennonite Studies Blog

Luke 4:16–30

January 31, 2016

Scripture reading Luke 4:16–30 Pondering Jesus’s reading of Isaiah in his first sermon in Nazareth is tied to the proclamation of the angels in 2:14 and...

Luke 4:1–13

January 24, 2016

Scripture reading Luke 4:1–13 Pondering The temptations in the wilderness are critical for understanding the mission of God as it is understood and interprete...

Luke 3:21–22

January 17, 2016

Scripture reading Luke 3:21–22 Pondering The power and love of God are at the center of Jesus’s baptism. As Jesus is praying, having just been baptized,...

Luke 2: 41–51

January 10, 2016

Scripture reading Luke 2: 41–51 Pondering When Jesus was a youngster, Mary and Joseph made annual trips to Jerusalem for Passover. The trips were festive and...

Scripture reading: Luke 2:36–38 Pondering In verses 36 and 37 of this small passage about Anna, she is described, and in verse 38 she takes on the active role o...

Luke 2:15–20 (Christmas)

December 27, 2015

Scripture reading: Luke 2:15–20 Pondering Mary learns some new things from the shepherds. One is the designation of her baby as Savior. Mary understands God as Savi...

Luke 2:1–5 (Advent 4)

December 20, 2015

Scripture reading: Luke 2:1–5 Pondering Emperor Augustus (Luke 2:1) was really Octavius, the grandnephew of Caesar Augustus. But Augustus had adopted the young O...

Luke 1:46–55 (Advent 3)

December 14, 2015

Scripture reading: Luke 1:46–55 Pondering What is most remarkable about Mary’s song, the Magnificat, is that Mary chooses to interpret what God has done fo...

Luke 1:26–38 (Advent 2)

December 6, 2015

Scripture reading: Luke 1:26–38 Pondering In the exchange between Gabriel and Mary at the annunciation, part of Gabriel’s job is to calm Mary’s fears and...

Luke 1:67–79 (Advent 1)

November 29, 2015

Scripture reading: Luke 1:67–79 Pondering In itself, the transformation of Zechariah is a harbinger of the hope he proclaims. In the opening verses of Luke 1, Zechar...