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Matthew 22:15-22

There is a change in tone and feel as Jesus arrives in Jerusalem fresh from the hopes and excitement of his teaching ministry in Galilee. The mood becomes increasingly confrontational. Jesus’ focus becomes one of avoiding the traps that are … Continue reading

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Dressing for the Kingdom

I don’t know when bifocal spectacles were invented? I do remember when I was young seeing people with two pairs of spectacles – one for short and one for long sighted purposes. You sometimes still see the older style of … Continue reading

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Might Jesus have been a Pharisee? A commentary on the Parable of the Wicked Tenants.

Jesus offers three parables concerning vineyards. Two weeks ago we explored in the sermon entitled Lord, do not give us our just deserts, the parable about the hiring and payment of workers in the vineyard. The storyline of this parable … Continue reading

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Making a difference

cry of the heart, making a difference, accepting responsibility, living in community, make a differenc through participation in community. Continue reading

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Lord, don’t give us this day our just deserts.

The artwork I have been using for some time as the banner picture on my blogsite comes from a set of murals in Coit Tower in San Francisco. On a visit a couple of years back I was taken with … Continue reading

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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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