A devotional guide following the Gospel of Luke, for individuals, small group study, or sermon preparation.
The Gospel of Luke is relevant for today's Christian seeking insights on prayer, common humanity, communal equality, and stewardship. Angels, genealogies, miracles, and parables are rendered accessible, and transformed from skimming material to the real heart of the Gospel. This transformation is an invitation for refining one's faith.
In a day-by-day, story-by-story format, Living on the Plain re-tells the Christian journey through fifty-eight reflections for reading the Gospel of Luke that can be used as a daily devotion for personal or group Bible study at any time of the year.
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“Living on the Plain is a rare find in Christian spirituality. It takes seriously contemporary historical-critical biblical study and the history of the Church. At the same time it asks the question of how a Gospel written two-thousand years ago can relate to us . . . . This book is a wonderful way to begin one's own meditations on the Gospel of Luke—and on one's own life! I give it five stars!"
—Charles D. Hackett, Emory University
“Luke’s Gospel, the most inclusive and grace-filled Gospel in the New Testament, has a message of great relevance for our world today. This devotional by Rev. Mike Stone is full of provocative and creative nuggets of wisdom that will inspire, encourage and challenge.”
—Mark L. Strauss, Bethel Seminary of Bethel University
“Living on the Plain is an easy read, but not one easy to put down. Mike Stone has gathered insights gained from the Gospel of Luke and has connected the essential details in a readable manner for a contemporary audience. Those who know the Bible story, but have perhaps grown complacent with its familiarity, will particularly find fresh breath in these pages.”
Robert W. Canoy, Dean, School of Divinity, Gardner-Webb University
“The Rev. Mike Stone brings a fresh look to the Gospel of Luke by explaining the biblical narrative and its various elements and characters through the lens of Jewish culture and the religious practice of Jesus’ day. I hope his book will deepen your understanding of the Gospel of Luke and inspire and encourage you on your journey of faith.”
Timothy Brown, M.D., Former Senior Warden, Christ Church, Oyster Bay, NY
“Mike Stone writes with a disarming simplicity through these series of reflections on the Gospel of Luke. His keen and perceptive reading through the lenses of ancient and modern lives offers just enough food for the journey that by the book’s end a rich and diverse feast has been laid out. This book will feed you and invite you to hunger for more.”
Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring, Rector, All Saints’, Atlanta
“ . . . an incisive and timely journey through the Gospel of Luke. Stone blends sound biblical scholarship and insights from his and others' lives to lead readers into a deeper understanding of the Gospel. Living on the Plain will provide individuals and church groups a fresh point of access to Luke's Gospel, helping them to (re)encounter the Good News of Jesus and apply it to their lives.”
Jake Meyers, Professor at Columbia Seminary