What do we make of Jesus' radical call to discipleship in light of Luke's retelling of the Exodus narrative?
Could Jesus be revealing something of his broader agenda in this relatively small gathering?
What do "treasures in heaven" have to do with servants waiting for their master? Are there hints in the text that point us to a warning for Israel that still holds true for us today?
While this is certainly a familiar story--both within the church as well as within the culture--it bears some examination. At the heart of the story is the question of what it means to love our neighbors. But there are also questions about how to apply the original cultural/historical context to our present time, what truly loving our neighbor really looks like in a practical way, and how we move beyond theoretical love to active love.
Can faith communities play a role in reshaping culture away from violence as our default response? In essence, that's the heart of Jesus' kingdom announcement. That death and violence no longer reign. But can we actually live that life? And, if we can, what might it change?
Are we just trying to feed an irreparably broken model for what the church is and how it works? Or are there ways to redeem the church? To reinvent it for new generations of people who view the world through much different lenses than those who came before?
What is it about humbleness that's so attractive, yet so difficult? Could it be that our humility might be the most compelling thing about us and our churches?