Why You Ought to Leave the Church (John 4:5-42)

By Matthew L. SkinnerRecently, a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination. I’m not 100 percent sure I know why. But the no-regrets explanation they wrote implied that religious differences between us were too severe for them to stay committed to our relationship.Religion has a way of making people do extraordinary things to create peace and unity. It also, as we know well, has a destructive capacity to turn people against one another. It can make us grip our c … [Read more...]

Mark 13:24-37 – Advent: One of Those Dangerous Religious Ideas

By Matthew L. SkinnerHere comes Black Friday, even earlier than usual. Bell-ringers are appearing outside stores. Advertisers are shifting the consumerism-as-therapy machine into high gear. And Christians say: This is a good time to think about the world falling apart. We’re not trying to be morose. We’re starting Advent. … [Read more...]

Matthew 20:1-16: Justice Comes in the Evening

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Matthew 14:22-33: Faith within the Chaos

By Matthew L. SkinnerIn Matthew's Gospel, the story of Jesus walking on water morphs into a story of Peter walking on, then sinking into, the same water. It begins as a statement about Jesus' authority; for Jesus' contemporaries had learned from scripture that such mastery over the waters is God's accomplishment. When Peter tells Jesus to call him, too, onto the lake, the story transitions into an illustration of what it looks like when people express faith in Jesus. … [Read more...]


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