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Gospel of Matthew

Jesus the Strategist: Part II

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

By the time Jesus got to the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Jewish leaders -- the priests, the Pharisees, the Sanhedrin -- were concerned about the large number of people who apparently had joined up with him. Was Jesus about to launch a campaign to anoint himself as the expected Messiah?

Jesus the Strategist: -Part I

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Palm Sunday is only one week away. Have you ever stopped to think about what Jesus did the week before the original Palm Sunday?

God's Way or the Highway

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Last week we worked our way through the main body of the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). But then we came to the surprising finish. ...

Crumbs From the Table? Still Too Much for Gay Christians According to WorldVision

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Those of us who as LGBTQ Christians tried to support World Vision against homophobic backlash with our financial donations cannot follow the example of those we criticized in these last two days.

The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like...

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.22.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) starts out by these intriguing words: "The kingdom of heaven is like..." In the Gospels there are ...

God Hearts Queers! (The Bible Tells Me So): A Response to AZ Senate Bill 1062

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As the State Senate and Governor of Arizona consider allowing "religious freedom" to deny goods and services to people who identify as gay or lesbian, why not revisit what the religion of those seeking to legalize discrimination really teaches?

New Year's Resolutions

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

These are the three characteristics necessary for a New Year's resolution to be worthy of being made in the first place and then of being reached and sustained.

Singing Carols to Jesus in Prison

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

I had come to see the man who had murdered my sister, her husband and their baby years ago. He had apologized; I was there to try to reconcile.

Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

As we celebrate Christmas, may we remember the significance of the Incarnation and the second part of the Trinity -- what Christmas is really all about. And let our celebration of nearly two weeks truly glorifying God the Son.

Advent as Grateful Waiting for God's Gift of Spiritual Companionship

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Waiting has been a powerful spiritual theme in my life, especially with regard to decades of delay in being able to live as a fully adult man, delayed for decades as a transgender person stalled by both doctors and religious mentors in a wilderness experience of confusion and falsehood.

Possible Discovery Of Biblical Town Mentioned In Gospel Of Mark

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion

Dalmanutha, a Biblical town described in the Gospel of Mark as the place where Jesus sailed after miraculously multiplying a few loaves and fish to fe...

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 | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Logan Mehl-Laituri

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.