For the Renewal of Repentance: The Lukan Texts for Lent

Gary M. Simpson

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 1/1/1992

Issue: Luke-Acts (Vol. 12, No 1, Winter, 1992)

“When our lord and master Jesus Christ said, ‘repent,’ he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” With these opening words of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, the Reformation erupted on the western Christian world. The renewal of repentance has often energized God’s mission and ministry. For instance, one might recall the mission of the eighth-century Hebrew prophets or of John the Baptist or of Peter on Pentecost or even of Jesus himself. The Lukan texts for Lent (Series C) in their distinctive way proffer a renewal of repentance for mission and ministry today.

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