Tag Archives: Gospel of Matthew

The Imperfect Church and the Kingdom of Heaven

One of the tensions in any type of interpretation of scripture that embraces a communal perspective is the distance between the church or whatever type of community of faith the individual is a part of and the vision of community … Continue reading

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A Request

Seven years and 600 posts later, I’ve learned a lot from this process of writing and discovery and at this point I feel compelled to share some of these insights from the last several years with a broader audience. I … Continue reading

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Matthew 7: 7-12 Seeking God and Right Relationships

Matthew 7: 7-12 Parallels Luke 11: 9-13, Luke 6: 31 7 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone … Continue reading

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Matthew 7: 1-6 Nonjudgmental Righteousness

Matthew 7: 1-6 Parallels Mark 4: 24-25; Luke 6: 37-42 1 “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2 For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the … Continue reading

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Matthew 6: 19-34 Wealth, Anxiety and Righteousness

Matthew 6: 19-34 Parallel Luke 12: 33-34, Luke 11: 34-36, Luke 16: 13, Luke 12: 22-32 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but … Continue reading

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Matthew 6: 16-18 Exploring Fasting and Righteousness

Matthew 6: 16-18 16 “And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But … Continue reading

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Matthew 6: 1-4 Exploring Righteousness and Justice

Matthew 6: 1-4 highlighted words translation will have comment below on translation 1 “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So … Continue reading

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