The vexed question of demon possession And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon… (Luke 4:33) Already in Luke’s writings we have been introduced to the devil, in the account of Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness. Now in chapter four we read of the first encounter recorded … Continue reading Demons in church
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord … Continue reading Who am I, and why am I here?
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” (Luke 4:3-4 NIV) The very first recorded temptation of Jesus is to meet his own physical need. He had chosen to fast for a long … Continue reading Not bread alone
the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching… (Luke 3:2-3) Just a few words here at the beginning of Luke’s gospel describe the essence of the Christian life and are worth reflecting on. John the Baptist is described in the … Continue reading Shaped by the word of God
Luke was a doctor. He had possibly been a slave, the family physician of a wealthy family, but he was educated in the Greek medical tradition. At some stage in his life he met Paul and the focus of his life changed, becoming the traveling physician of Paul's missionary band. It may have been that … Continue reading Luke introduces the main protagonist: Jesus