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Sunday Text For September 20 – Jesus and Family (Luke 14)

This week we are looking at Jesus’ redemption of the practice of family, and discuss ways in which this impacts our understanding of hospitality and discipleship.

“Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

“Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; they throw it away. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!””
(Luke 14:25-35 NRSV)

Queries:

  1. What stands out to you as most important in this passage?
  2. What bothers you most about it?
  3. What do you think Jesus might be saying about Family in this text?

About Wess

is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

2 comments on “Sunday Text For September 20 – Jesus and Family (Luke 14)

  1. Jason
    September 19, 2009

    To me it underscores the importance of our decision to be a disciple. A big decision that has large implications & that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Given the examples provided in the text not only is the actual decision an event, what comes after is a process, not the destination.

    • c.wess daniels
      September 20, 2009

      Jason,
      thanks for the comment. And I like the picture of it being a process, very nice.
      Also, speaking of pictures, I like your picture there!

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