Category Archives: Matthew

Turning Stones into Bread: Why Was It Wrong?

At church this morning, the pastor in his sermon said that Jesus not once thought about himself.  Rather, my pastor said, Jesus served others.  The pastor referred to Jesus healing the sick, and also Jesus turning water into wine at … Continue reading

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Arbitrary Apologetics?

Nate of the blog “Finding Truth” had a post a while back, Missing the Point.  In the course of the discussion in the comments-section, the topic of the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew and Luke came up.  Many contend that … Continue reading

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Blinded by Might 7

In my latest reading of Blinded by Might: Why the Religious Right Can’t Save America, by Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson, I started the section of the book entitled “The Interviews”, in which Cal Thomas interviews prominent people on the … Continue reading

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Small in Number, the Temple Tax and Offense, a Good Way

There were three issues that stood out to me in last night’s Bible study at church: 1.  The pastor and his wife were talking about a religious retreat that they attended last week.  They met other pastors , and they … Continue reading

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The Wedding Garment

In Matthew 22, there is a parable about a king who hosts a wedding feast for his son, and, when the invitees choose not to come, the king orders his servants to bring into the feast people (both good and … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Halakah: Strict and Lenient

In my latest reading of volume 4 of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Meier talks about the co-existence of strictness and leniency in Jesus’ approach to the Torah. According to Meier, Jesus was stricter than the … Continue reading

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The (Gentile) Demoniac

For my write-up today on volume 2 of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, I will talk some about Meier’s discussion of Jesus’ exorcism of the Gedarene demoniac.  This story appears in Mark 5, Luke 8, and … Continue reading

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