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The Agenda

N. T. Wright, the great New Testament scholar and Bishop of Durham, England, tells of a fellow bishop who said, “Why is it when St. Paul went into a town they had a riot, but when I go to a town they have me for tea?” That is the question confronting the culturally accommodated American […] Read More

“But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also […] Read More

No doubt it has happened to you. You open your e-mail Inbox and begin to read. You cannot believe what you are seeing. Someone you believe and have experienced to be even-tempered and reasonable has sent you an e-mail message and upon reading it, you find your heart beating faster, your mind puzzled by the […] Read More

The question behind the question, “Can you hear me now?” is “What prevents God’s people from really hearing God’s voice?” Perhaps like those in the synagogue in Nazareth who longed for Jesus to deliver some anti-Roman, pro-Israel restoration sermon, people of today often do not hear God speak, because what we long for is sometimes […] Read More

Poverty and wealth are always about political, cultural and economic relationships, and Jesus announces that he will bring a new relationship to the poor. Jesus’ choice of biblical text acts as a declaration of purpose for his ministry. The term good news first appears in Luke associated with angelic announcements of the birth of Jesus […] Read More

Luke chapter 4 is our oldest account of a synagogue service. Luke is focused on portraying Jesus as the central figure of his narrative and he does not recount the entire service. Our other evidence does not clarify exactly what would occur in such a service in the synagogues of Galilee in the first century […] Read More

The temptation narrative of the Gospels, particularly in Luke 4:1-13, raises questions about the nature of temptation and what it means to be tempted. In 1988 an enormous controversy arose surrounding the release of “The Last Temptation of Christ,” Martin Scorsese’s screen adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’s 1951 novel by the same title. Protesters marched in […] Read More

Student and leader guides for “The Agenda: 8 Lessons from Luke 4” are now available. The online, eight-lesson Bible study supporting next year’s New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta is offered free of charge by the Baptist Center for Ethics in partnership with other organizations. Available here, “The Agenda” enlists writers from diverse backgrounds in […] Read More

Belmont University’s School of Religion is partnering with the Baptist Center Ethics to write Bible commentary for “The Agenda: 8 Lessons from Luke 4,” a free, online study to help prepare churches for next year’s New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta. The commentary, along with sample lessons and other resource material, is available here. Located […] Read More

The Baptist Center for Ethics is offering a free resource to support Bible studies and sermons from Luke 4 to help prepare churches for next year’s New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta. Excerpts from a developing “Baptists’ Bible Project” tracking how Baptists have read and interpreted the Bible over four centuries are available here for […] Read More