The transfiguration of Jesus calls us to wisdom and humility, claiming the truth that we can see and remembering that there is truth to which we are blind.
Why do people believe in a God who guides their lives? People believe because when they examine their own experience they find indications, hints if you will, that there is a power in this world other than chance.
The devil comes three times to tempt Jesus. If it takes Jesus three times to send the devil packing, how much more difficult will it be for us? That is why it is essential for us to stand our ground.
The “antitheses” from the Sermon on the Mount are misunderstood when they are read as Jesus replacing the Jewish Law with a New Law.
It is unfortunate that Christians often carry a negative understanding of the Pharisees. Historical research has indicated that Jesus was closer to the Pharisees than to any other religious group.
What can we do when pain and loss enter our lives? Although we cannot explain evil, we can negotiate its presence though acceptance and “throwing together.”
The Beatitudes contain a loophole, an escape clause, by which number of us might gain access to the Kingdom of God.
Salt has a distinctive flavor. When Jesus tells us that we are to be salt for the earth, he calls us to stand apart.
Both the early Rabbis and Japanese monkeys tell us that even the smallest action of loving-kindness is valuable and important.
Jesus tells us that we are to respond to violence with non-violence. It would be difficult to find a more challenging teaching in the entire Bible.
Matthew’s famous teaching on the lilies of the field contains the first occurrence of a phrase he uses to describe the Christian Life. It is a life of “little faith.”