Matthew 2:1-12, The Messiah of Israel Sought by Gentiles

[January 4, 2015] The Christian celebration of Epiphany is January 6, but since next Sunday is the Baptism of Jesus and we do not have an opportunity to come together on Tuesday, we celebrate the epiphany (or manifestation) of Jesus to the gentiles today. This is offered as an option in the church’s shared lectionary . . . → Read More: Matthew 2:1-12, The Messiah of Israel Sought by Gentiles

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

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