The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Luke's 'way'

The beatitudes in Matthew come during Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. In Luke, Jesus stands on the plain as he proclaims more compact and radical beatitudes.

Alone among the gospel writers, Luke gave us a second volume. With the Acts of the Apostles, Luke says to his first readers — and to us: "No Second Coming appears to be on the immediate horizon. We're in this for the long pull. Therefore we move on. Plunge into history, work and wait in the power of the Spirit for the rule of God."

This is life on the plain, down from the mountains of transfiguration, ecstasy and vision. This is a path of struggle, conflict and controversy. This is the "way."

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