Category Archives: Musings and Reflections

If to Err is Human, So Too is to Forgive

Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 18:21-35 is the next episode in a complex narrative that involves three separate, yet intertwined storylines. For me it is of paramount importance to keep the storyline thread in mind to avoid an approach to … Continue reading

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The ‘Tao’ of Mutual Accountability

Previously in Matthew Jesus has been exploring his ministry in the context of travelling about the Galilean countryside. He has been preaching, teaching, healing, miracle working, and getting into hot debate. He has experienced grief at the death of John … Continue reading

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Jesus, take the wheel

Matthew Skinner, Assistant Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St Paul makes a timely comment when he says: As we journey soon into the new beginnings of post-Labor Day autumn, what will it mean to deny ourselves, take … Continue reading

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So Who Do You Say I Am?

Previously, is a word that evokes for me the TV program 24. In 24 each new episode begins with an authoritative baritone voice solemnly intoning Previously on 24. We then see a selection of edited highlights from not only the episode … Continue reading

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Tradition and Transition

Human beings cannot live without tradition. We use the word is two distinct ways. We speak of traditions with a small t, to refer to the conventions, by which we interpret Tradition with a capital T in response to the needs of the … Continue reading

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Vulnerability

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Exploring  the Biblical context The Gospel reading for Pentecost 9 is the last section of Matthew 14. Last week in Another Spin on the Feeding of the Five Thousand, I presented this chapter as three story lines (Herod’s banquet, God’s banquet or the … Continue reading

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