Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Controversy with the Zealous

[August 12, 2012] Last time we considered the introductory narrative cycle that leads up to Jesus’ teaching on the church in the light of the kingdom. Who is Jesus’ mother and siblings, His home? It is not those whose familiarity with Him does not include spiritual insight into His Person. It is . . . → Read More: Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Controversy with the Zealous

Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Church’s Journey

[September 28, 2008] Last Sunday we began a new section of Matthew. This section is about who Jesus is, and ends with Peter confessing Jesus to be the Messiah and the Son of God and Jesus revealing (1) the church that He will build on this foundation, (2) His death and resurrection . . . → Read More: Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Church’s Journey

Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude

What Blessedness Is

[January 22, 2012] What does the word “Blessed” mean?

If we take it out of its Biblical context, which is what a lot of modern translations and preachers do, the word can simply mean “happy.” But poverty, being mournful, and hungering and thirsting, and having people say . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude