Is anybody else as tired as I am of this particular run of Matthean passages? Don't be too shocked—I don't mean I've suddenly developed an antipathy to the Good News or anything—but…this steady harangue about the effort it takes to be a good Christian. As much as it appeals to my latent works theology, I mean c'mon, enough is enough already!Read More
Today’s story from Matthew is positioned directly after the one in which Jesus rampages through the temple and throws out the money-changers. Now, the religious authorities were making a huge personal profit from that exchange, so it should come as no surprise that when Jesus next shows up there the temple leaders ask him, "By what authority do you do these things?" Characteristically, the writer has Jesus sidestep that question and refuse to answer.Read More
Last week the author of Matthew gave us a powerful text on reconciliation and the need to seek out our brother or sister when we feel we have been wronged. Today he expands on that theme and looks at what it means to truly forgive.Read More
Someone once accused the 18th Century Scottish philosopher David Hume,
a noted agnostic, of being inconsistent because he regularly went to listen
to a conservative Presbyterian preacher.
Hume responded, “I don’t believe all that he says, but he does.
And once a week I like to hear a man who believes what he says.”
No doubt Hume had been hanging out with too many politicians.Read More
There are three clergy—
a Lutheran, a Roman Catholic, and an Episcopalian,
—who all end up at the Pearly Gates at the same time.
It’s St. Peter’s day off, so Jesus is filling in
and administering the entrance exam.
“Don’t worry,” he says,
“There’s only one question and it’s really quite simple:
Who do you say that I am?”Read More