June 26, 2022 Today’s passage from the gospel of Luke seems to be a text that preachers work hard to avoid, and I totally get why. I was looking online at a page that serves as a hub for preaching resources, and just scrolling through the titles of articles and commentaries that have been written on this text says it all: Jesus the Jerk. No turning back.  Bury the dead or follow Jesus? The reason this text is difficult is because Jesus makes clear his expectations for what it means to follow him, for what it means to enact the kingdom of God, and the way he talks about it here would send most of us running the other direction.

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