Dwelling in the Word: Luke 24
I will be preaching from Luke 24 on Sunday–the Walk to Emmaus. This passage took on new meaning for me about a year and a half ago when I was reading Exiles: Living Missionally in Post-Christian Culture. Michael Frost writes a comparative analysis of the 1601 and the 1606 versions of Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio. I was moved by the missional implications of reflecting on the two paintings in conjunction with Luke 24 (see blog post).
I know Solomon’s Porch has a group that meets weekly to interact with the Scriptures indicated for the following Sunday. The sermon arises out of this communal interaction with text. Sometimes particular questions emerge that shape the direction of the message. Other times it is stories that become illustrations woven into the sermon. A hermeneutical community that helps to shape a word. A Gospel message grounded in the lives of the members of the community.
I have sometimes wished there could be a more communal process in the practice of preaching–more conversational, more constructivist. Dwelling in the Word is one way we (in LMC and SMC) have sought to attend to Scripture communally.
I would welcome anyone who would like to engage in this practice with the Luke 24 passage this week to respond with ways you sense God speaking to you or your community through this text. I would especially welcome contributions from the SMC community! Questions that emerge from dwelling in the word. What you notice in the text. What you hear and see Jesus doing in the text. How Jesus is speaking to you…to us through this passage.