Matthew 22:1-11 – A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

By Stephanie Buckhanon CrowderIn a recent town hall meeting a former Google executive asked President Obama to raise his taxes. The attendee stated that he had done quite well at the company and has chosen not to work any more. Through his increased taxes, this individual wants the government to continue investing in Pell Grants, infrastructure and job training. This call for the rich to pay more taxes is similar to the one Warren Buffet heralds when declaring he should not pay the same or … [Read more...]

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

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Matthew 18:15-20: Insiders and Outsiders

By Mark G. Vitalis HoffmanMatthew 18:15-20is an insider's text for outsiders. From Matthew's perspective, Jesus is both warning and assuring those inside the young Christian church. It is a church, however, whose members stand outside the main streams of both religious and civil practice. … [Read more...]

Matthew 16:21-28: Jesus Has No Part-Time

By Greg CareyMatthew 16:21-28 confronts us with the gap between Jesus’ gruesome fate and our own modest discipleship.  Jesus’ verbs say it all.  Deny the self, take up the cross, follow Christ.  Moreover, only in losing one’s life – the primary meaning of apollymi is to destroy – one may save it.  And Jesus apparently means it.  Judgment he says, involves “repaying” people according to what they have done.  At this moment we are hearing Matthew’s distinctive voice:  salvation comes not to tho … [Read more...]

Matthew 15:21-28: Teaching Jesus

By Barbara Kay LundbladThis story in Matthew 15 is very troubling. A Canaanite woman cries out to Jesus to heal her daughter. By the end of the story, her daughter has been healed -- but between the crying and the healing, Jesus says some terrible things. He’s arrogant, racist and just plain mean. We may believe that Jesus was “truly human,” but we don’t want him to be too human. … [Read more...]

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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