Monthly Archives: January 2020

Matthew 11: 1-15 Jesus and John the Baptist: Identity, Time and Authority

Matthew 11: 1-15 Parallel Luke 7: 18-28 1 Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and proclaim his message in their cities. 2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah … Continue reading

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New Growth

  Water washes away the sins of the night, pushing them downward to the gutters Running back through the storm sewers and into the rivers and eventually into the sea Where they sink down, deeper and deeper, into the abyss … Continue reading

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Matthew 10: 34-42 Conflict, Wages and Hospitality for the Followers of Jesus

Matthew 10: 34-42 Parallels Luke 22: 36; Luke 14: 25-27; 17:33; Luke 10: 16; Mark 9: 41 34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a … Continue reading

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Matthew 10: 24-33 Hope in the Midst of Resistance

Matthew 10: 24-34 Parallels Mark 13: 9-13; Luke 21: 12-19, Luke 12: 2-9 24 “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25 it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and … Continue reading

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Poet End This War

Poet cast your spell upon our imaginations to see a way beyond this fight Use your words to help us see another path than the road to hell we’ve paved Be the prophet who helps us see the humanity in … Continue reading

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A Shard of Ice

  She draws thralls to her as she rides across the snow in the winter’s frosted air The woman in black upon her black horse, with violet eyes and pale white skin A spray of crystals cast up from the … Continue reading

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Matthew 10: 1-23 Summoning and Sending the Twelve

 Matthew 10: 1-23 Parallels Mark 3: 13-19a; 6: 6-11; 13: 9-13; Luke 9: 1; 6: 12-16; 9: 2-5; 12: 11-12; 6: 40 Highlighted words will have comment on translation below  Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch ‘A house is a man’s castle’ and so like the castles of old we surround them with fortifications Locks bar the gates to prevent the approach of the barbarian hordes that loot and pillage Cameras act as sentinels … Continue reading

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The Son of David, Son of God, and Son of Man Titles in Matthew’s Gospel

The gospels use several titles when talking about Jesus. When looking at Matthew’s gospel the particular title that is used may give important clues about the disposition of characters in the story in relation to Jesus, but since so many … Continue reading

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