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Living with Little Faith

Living with Little Faith

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.”

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The Peril of Holy Week

The Peril of Holy Week

If we listen to the accounts of Jesus’ passion without reflection, we can draw the false conclusion that the Jewish people are responsible for the crucifixion of Christ.

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Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Silence destroys relationships. Psalms push through our barrier of silence with God. When a psalm is prayed sincerely it breaks through emptiness and takes the risk of opening communication with the Almighty.

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Course at the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute

Course at the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute

Political Power, Personality, and the Sovereignty of God:
The Books of First and Second Samuel

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The Spirit Is a Portrait of God

The Spirit Is a Portrait of God

God is beyond human understanding. How then can the actions of this unknowable God be expressed? Only through limited human language. The descriptions of the Spirit of God in the scriptures are efforts to express the inexpressible God. A history of the Spirit’s actions etches a portrait of our invisible God.

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A Gospel for a Pluralistic City

A Gospel for a Pluralistic City

Christianity was an urban phenomenon. Although the origins of the Christian movement in the ministry of Jesus were rooted in the rural soil of Galilee, the spread of the gospel took place in the urban centers of the ancient world.

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Peter Walks on Water

Peter Walks on Water

Matthew 14:22-36–Only in Matthew’s Gospel does Peter walk on water. He acts as the representative of what belonging to the church means.

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Why Is Jesus’ Resurrection Good News?

Why Is Jesus’ Resurrection Good News?

Christ’s resurrection is the Good News. Yet when Christians are asked why Christ’s resurrection is Good News, their response is often tentative and unclear.

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Who Killed Jesus?

Who Killed Jesus?

A naïve reading of the accounts of Jesus’ passion can lead to the conclusion that the Jewish people were responsible for Jesus’ death.

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Blood, Money, the Paranormal

Blood, Money, the Paranormal

Blood, money, and the paranormal spur instant curiosity. They are the bread and butter of any story teller or promoter. Matthew’s passion narrative is characterized by these three elements.

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Jesus Meets His Wife (John 4)

Jesus Meets His Wife (John 4)

The patriarchs of the Hebrews Scriptures would regularly meet their future spouses at a well. So when Jesus meets a woman at a well in Samaria, the implication is that he is about to be married.

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Jesus Is Not Against the Law

Jesus Is Not Against the Law

The “antitheses” from the Sermon on the Mount are misunderstood when they are read as Jesus replacing the Jewish Law with a New Law.