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Gospel of Matthew

'Oh, That I Had The Wings Of Dove! Faithfully Facing Mortality

Ed Dobson | Posted 01.14.2012 | Religion
Ed Dobson

This is exactly how I feel. I love the language -- anguish, terrors, fear, trembling and horror. I'm not afraid of being dead. It's getting dead that bothers me.

Matthew 22:34-46: On Loving God, Neighbor And #OWS

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

Whatever the final outcome of #OWS, it's encouraging to find ourselves in dialogue about the common good once again. Our neighbors are starting to have faces, and that's crucial.

Matthew 22:15-22: The Heavy Cost Of Paying 'The Emperor'

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

It couldn't hurt for Jesus to show up and weigh in on America's current economic and political challenges. It might be helpful if he issued a declaration about who should pay taxes, and how much.

Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case Of Class Warfare

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Much in this country's political landscape has centered on equal access and opportunity for all. First century C.E. New Testament literature points to similar struggles.

Jesus' Call: Move From Greed To Greatness

Troy Jackson | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Troy Jackson

Some extreme politicians are blaming hard working people for the economic hardships facing many of our states and communities. The attack on public sector workers is evidence of leaders who want to ask for more and more.

Matthew 20:1-16: Justice Comes In The Evening

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

A God who is "just" is inclined to show special generosity to the poor and outcast. No wonder the respectable people get anxious.

Mass on 9/11: Scripture On The Mark

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Scripture advises that anger clouds our vision and hardens our hearts. It makes us base rather than noble. It blinds us to our own failings and encourages a dangerous arrogance. It makes us forget we need forgiveness as individuals and as a nation.

Matthew 18:15-20: Insiders And Outsiders

Rev. Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman | Posted 10.30.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman

For Christians today reading it as insiders, the text may evoke nods of approval at some memorable statements by Jesus. Start poking around a bit, though, and a host of questions arises.

Matthew 16:21-28: Jesus Has No Part-Time Disciples

Greg Carey | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

Few Christians abandon everything for the Gospel's sake. Most of us simply fit our Christianity into the open spots on our calendars. But Jesus links the life of discipleship with his own path.

What Does The Bible Say About The Mother Of Jesus?

Bruce Chilton | Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion
Bruce Chilton

Controversy about whether God, Joseph or another man impregnated Mary has been intense and perennial. The New Testament itself represents various views of Jesus' birth.

Matthew 15:21-28: Teaching Jesus

Barbara Kay Lundblad | Posted 10.09.2011 | Religion
Barbara Kay Lundblad

Jesus was converted that day to a larger vision of the commonwealth of God. He saw and heard a fuller revelation of God in the voice and face of the Canaanite woman. If Jesus could be changed, can we?

Rich, Greedy And Blessed: God Wants To Save Us, Too

Christopher Cocca | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

The truth is that many Western Christians could give a full tithe to their churches and a full second tithe toward the eradication of extreme poverty without losing much of our lifestyle.

The New Evangelical Alliance Waiting To Happen

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Not that the evangelical old guard hasn't served others, but we are seeing a seismic shift in emphasis to one where it's all about translating belief into righteous action on behalf of others.

Why 'Homage'? The Story Of Epiphany

David A. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David A. Davis

I figured in modern bible translations "homage" was left in the story of the Wise Men because it is such a classic, old, venerated expression ... "they paid him homage". Imagine my surprise when I opened the King James and found no "homage" at all.

A New Year Invitation: Bring In 2011 With The Youth Of Afghanistan

Shane Claiborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

I can't imagine a better way of celebrating the original Christmas event, or a better way of kicking off a new year, than by allowing our genuine and well-warranted joy to be interrupted by the suffering of our world, even for a moment.

Newborn God: A Christmas Meditation On The Birth of Jesus

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

How overwhelming the first Christmas must have been for Mary and Joseph. Few things can provoke such intense worry as a newborn child. But few things promise such unreasonable hope, such unexpected change and such unbounded joy.

Why The Birthplace Of Jesus Matters

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

While theories vary on who the "historical" Jesus really was, there's general agreement that Jesus was not born in Bethlehem. So why was it so important for the gospel writers to claim Bethlehem as Jesus' birthplace?

Who Were The Three Wise Men Of Christmas?

Brent Landau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brent Landau

Of all the characters who appear in the Gospel accounts of Jesus' birth, the "Three Wise Men" are by far the most fascinating. Who were these mysterious foreigners? Where did they come from? What was their star? And were there even three of them?

Palm Sunday Confusion: Did Jesus Ride On Two Animals Or One?

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Matthew read Zechariah without poetic parallelism but rather as a straightforward narrative. The result: Jesus enters Jerusalem straddling two animals.