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Faith in Matthew’s Gospel

  Faith, believing, and unbelief are frequently used terms in Matthew, all originating with the Greek pistis. When modern people use terms like faith or belief they typically are referring to some type of cognitive assent-I believe certain things to … Continue reading

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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 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 5: 13-20 A Visible Vocation Connected to Scripture

Matthew 5: 13-20 Parallel Mark 9:49-50 and 4:21, Luke 14: 35-35, 8: 16, 11:33 and 16: 16-17 Highlighted words will have comment on translation below  13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is probably the best know piece that is unique to Matthew’s gospel (as it is assembled, although much of the material in the Sermon is found throughout Luke’s gospel) and there are scholars … Continue reading

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Matthew 3: 1-12 The Herald of the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 3: 1-12 Parallel Mark 1: 2-8, Luke 3: 1-17 1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is the one of … Continue reading

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