Matthew 14:13-21, The Kingdom and the Crowds

[August 3, 2014] Last time I raised a controversial topic in the churches, the issue of Biblical interpretation taking place within the context of cultural change and the question of same-sex marriage. This time I want to address a broader issue—the relationship between what Jesus kept referring to as the kingdom of heaven . . . → Read More: Matthew 14:13-21, The Kingdom and the Crowds

Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Messiah’s New People

[August 5, 2012] After Jesus’ “sermon” of the seven parables, a new section of Matthew’s gospel begins. This section, in my view, extends from 13:54 to 20:34 and is about the church, or as we shall see as it fully develops, the church in the light of the kingdom of the heavens. . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Messiah’s New People

Mark 6:30-44, Jesus Our Abundance

[June 27, 2010] The passage we come to now is rich. It is the central passage of the present section of the Gospel according to Mark (6:6b—8:26) in which Jesus manifests who He is, but no one really “gets” it, not even the disciples (see 6:52; 8:17-21). In the following section, in 6:27-29, . . . → Read More: Mark 6:30-44, Jesus Our Abundance

Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Grace of God in Christ

[September 21, 2008] In the Gospels we remember Jesus through the eyes of others, others who saw and heard and touched Him, and because of the Holy Spirit, when we do this He becomes present to us. When we partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Him, He is present both in . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Grace of God in Christ