July 5, 2020: Want to Change Your Burdens?…..just ‘Yoking’!
Jesus chides people who find fault with both his ministry and that of John the Baptist. He thanks God that wisdom & intelligence are not needed to receive what God has to offer…. read more here
6 Pentecost A – July 11, 2020: How’s your Soil?
In Matthew’s gospel, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.” Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear. Read more here
July 18, 2020: A Moral drilling or Gracious Living
Jesus tells a parable about the coexistence of good and evil in this world. God’s judgment will remove all evildoers and causes of sin, but not until the end of human history. Read more
July 26, 2020: A String of Pearls
Matthew “strings” together several parables/sayings of Jesus in this passage. In fact, a favorite method of Rabbinic teaching was to share a “String of Pearls.” Read more
August 2, 2020: A Movement in the Guts, in the Hands and in the World
This is a story of a miracle, but which miracle? The obvious answer is the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, but there is perhaps another miracle here. Matthew places this story in a section of the gospel about training the disciples for their mission, so perhaps Jesus is teaching them about what they can do. Read more
August 9, 2020: When You’re Pushed out of the Boat
This story is in a section on instructing the disciples about their mission. It is a story of miracles – there is no limit to what God can do – and of the power of faith: the disciples can do the seemingly impossible if they have sufficient faith. Read more
August 30, 2020: Where Exactly is that Broccoli in my Teeth?
Jesus has been instructing his disciples about the mission they are to carry out on his behalf, about telling the good news. Now his message to them shifts to teaching them that he, the Messiah, must (per God’s will & purpose), undergo great suffering – something inconceivable to most Jews. Read more
September 6, 2020: Finding Peace in Fighting
The work of reconciliation is the goal of a Christian community NOT elimination of conflict; conflict just is….it exists. The church community is one of the few places that should teach people how to effectively and constructively fight with each other. Read more: and more about a Role Renegotiation Model:
September 13, 2020: Holding on and Letting Go
This is part of Matthew’s fourth great discourse of Jesus (18:1-35), which is devoted to teachings about relations among members in that community, relations between those inside & those outside that community, & the nature of life within that community. To illustrate the point to Peter that no restraints should be set on forgiveness because of repeated need for it, Jesus relates a parable that culminates in forgiveness offered once but ultimately withdrawn. Read more and more about Role Renegotiation and Forgiveness Model
September 19, 2020: Uncomfortable Generosity
Jesus tells a parable about God’s generosity, challenging the common assumption that God rewards people according to what they have earned or deserve. Read more
September 26/27: You Can Envision a Fight or Fight for a Vision
It is so easy and tempting to build ourselves up at the expense of others. “I can’t imagine ever doing that.” “How can people live like that?” “Who would do such a thing?” At some point we all think or say these sorts of things. Like it or not, we use these words to comfort ourselves at the expense of others. These words are a reminder that all people stand in need of God’s grace. Read more