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Gospel of Matthew

Scholars and the Gospels

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

There are basically two kinds of scholars: The "scholars' scholar," who concentrates on very advanced levels of research that other scholars understand, and the "laymen's scholar," who focuses on scholarly matters of a less intense nature that the average layperson understands.

What's Money Got To Do With Talent?

Kalliope Lee | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Kalliope Lee

I'm no biblical scholar. I don't even read the Bible regularly -- or, shall I say, religiously. But there are passages that have stuck with me and irrevocably informed the way I negotiate life. One of the most provocative, most puzzling and a personal favorite is "the Parable of the Talents."

Finding A Christian Way Forward On Gay Marriage In The Things Unsaid

Joel L. Watts | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Let us pause and consider all of the things Jesus could have possibly said -- and yet didn't -- to the Centurion who loved his pais enough to debase himself in front of the traveling Galilean prophet.

Onward Christian Hell-Busters

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Hell-busters exude the Spirit. They give off a Christ-like spirit. When you're in their presence, you can almost smell holiness. But the holiest of holy smoke has a tinge of the burnt smell with it. It's a smell that tells you it's been slightly singed near the fires of burning flesh and souls on fire.

Was Your New Year's Resolution A Hummer Or A Buick?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Many times one's success in fulfilling his or her New Year's resolution(s) depends on the nature of the resolution and the determination of the person making the resolution.

Frankincense, Myrrh And A Toothbrush? Matthew 2:1-12

Lisa Hickman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

The gifts to Jesus of frankincense and myrrh from the wise men were practical forms of dentistry. Even today, gifts of dental healthcare for those in need continue to be vital.

Is the Christmas Story Trustworthy?

David Lose | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
David Lose

While the Pope may have a vested interest in attempting to validate the historical accuracy of the stories of Jesus' birth, I think we misunderstand their intent by doing so.

Singing Against The Darkness

Rev. Jim Kitchens | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Jim Kitchens

Let us sing lustily of the God who comes in the vulnerability of a baby but whose love will not abandon us even in the face of death.

Prayer Beyond Words

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

When you know this kind of oneness with Mystery -- or, this kind of oneness with yourself -- what would be the point of words? As Ram Dass says, "The more silent you become, the more you hear."

How Do You Vote?

Logan (Mehl-Laituri) Isaac | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
 Logan (Mehl-Laituri) Isaac

What Francis of Assisi said of preaching is equally true of voting: do it without ceasing, and do it on Election Day only when necessary.

Life's Race: Thoughts From A Sociologist On Election Day Eve

Jordan Colosi | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Jordan Colosi

Some people -- some children -- are born at the starting line without shoes, without warm-up pants, and without a nice bowl of pasta-carbs and a bed to sleep on the night before.

Can We Forgive Others As Well As Ourselves?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

God doesn't expect us to be perfect -- we are human. If we were perfect, there would have been no reason for God to give God's Son for us. But God does expect us to forgive and to seek forgiveness.

Disciples Established Among Every People

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Matthew thinks that the church is fundamentally a missionary church, and he conceives of its mission concretely as a "going" to all nations in not being a fuel of domination and power but in making disciples.

Structural Marginality in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats(Matthew 25:31-46)

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.23.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

As an African American that knows historically the Jim Crow system of segregation affirmed by the case of Plessy v. Ferguson which made it the law of the land in separating us from having the opportunities of those who felt privileged to exercise such power.

Thou Shalt Not Live By Street Food Alone

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Just like Jesus, you and I know what it's like to be tempted. We know what it's like to have a hunger for something we want, something that others might say we need, but that we know will serve only to distract or derail us.

10 Ways To Care For The Needy

Lorie Newman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Lorie Newman

Whether it's across the street, across the church pew or across the world, all of us have the power to reach just one needy person.

Money, Money, Money

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

If we spend our borrowed time here on earth striving for upward mobility or trinkets of success and abundance, then we have missed the boat. Chasing money is a surefire path to loneliness, depression and emptiness.

When Offers You A Job

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Career-conscious Christians, listen up! Is Jesus calling us to re-evaluate how we are spending our time, our lives and our careers? Is he challenging us to break down and bust up the barrier between office and vocation?

The New Jews Of Cameroon

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Is Serge Etele and Congregation Beth Yeshourun the vanguard of a new and surprising revitalization of Judaism out of Africa?

The Invisible Woman: It's Time We Had A Talk

Emily Pease | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Emily Pease

In Matthew, we find the story of a woman who is healed merely by touching Jesus' cloak so that she can lead a new life. It's a beautiful story, and even more so if we consider her affliction: she had been bleeding for years.

Be Careful, Christians: The 'Hypocrites' Are Us

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

How many Christians misunderstood the meaning of Jesus's teaching today? They may have walked home thinking that as long as they were not like those hypocritical other people, they would be OK before God.

The Bible's Role in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist

Michael Gilmour | Posted 03.10.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

I found myself thinking about an aspect of Dickens easily overshadowed.. I refer to his subtle use of biblical literature.

My Wish List For The Tres Reyes Magos

Rev. J. Manny Santiago | Posted 03.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. J. Manny Santiago

For my family, the biggest celebration has always been that of the Día de los Reyes Magos or Epiphany Day. The tradition is for kids -- and adults too -- to write a letter to the Wise Men with their wishes.

The Absurdity Of Christmas

David Lose | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
David Lose

I've been struck by the ads and billboards atheists have purchased this year suggesting that Christmas is a myth. Struck. Not offended or angered. Just struck. And they may be right.

The Challenge Of Christmas

John Dominic Crossan | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
John Dominic Crossan

Angels direct, as it were the narrative traffic of both those infancy stories but there is one very special case of angelic intervention found only in Luke. This involves not just a single angel but the entire heavenly choir who descend to earth...