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Gospel of Matthew

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.

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 Messiah.com 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...

'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.