The Broken-Open Heart

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Matthew 22:34-40 The testing continues. It seems to be relentless. Question after question, challenge after challenge. Jesus’ rivals just keep coming at him. Now the Pharisees come after him with a lawyer (they’re getting serious). Hoping this time they might finally get him, the lawyer asks: “Which commandment in the … Read More

It’s Not About Politics

Denarius

Matthew 22:15-22 A couple weeks ago Bill Jackson sent around an article from the New York Times written by Raza Aslan, a New Testament scholar and author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and who happens to be Muslim. In his op-ed he urged Americans not … Read More

We’re Gonna Have a Wedding

David Brown

Matthew 22:1-14 A problem with every religion is baggage, centuries of it, baggage that is very difficult to remove from whatever the original intent was. One heavy load of baggage that affects all three Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Islam, and Christianity – is the meme of a judgmental God. That … Read More

He Expected Justice

World Communion

Matthew 21:33-46/Isaiah 5:1-7 The throngs milling about the temple courtyard in Jerusalem were not unlike what you’d find in Union Square: Tourists and homeless people. Except that the tourists are actually religious pilgrims in town for Passover, as I mentioned last Sunday. They’ve swelled the population of Jerusalem by many … Read More