Tag Archives: book of Matthew

Heaven, the Kingdom of Heaven, and the Kingdom of God

Some seem to think that the kingdom of heaven is the same as heaven, but it isn’t. The kingdom of heaven is actually another term for the kingdom of God. Some years ago, I read an author who said that … Continue reading

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How Dependable are the Books of Matthew and Luke?

Are the four gospels dependable? Or are they simply the result of generations of flawed oral transmission? I discussed this question previously and determined that the gospels are much more dependable than implied by the idea of flawed oral transmission. … Continue reading

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How Do We Understand the Resurrection of Many Holy People Associated with Jesus’ Resurrection?

We talked last time about strange stories associated with Jesus’ death. Today we discuss a strange story associated with his resurrection—that being the resurrection of many deceased holy people. We will begin where we left off last time—with Matthew’s unique … Continue reading

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Yes, Jesus Fed the 5000—But it Backfired Badly!

We all know the story of Jesus feeding the 5000; all four gospels include it. What many do not notice is that it backfired badly and created a crisis. We explore that crisis in this two-part article. Mark 6 tells us: … Continue reading

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Jesus Calls a Fifth Follower—and What a Loser!

Sometimes I look at myself and all my faults and failures, and I don’t see how I was ever qualified to participate in expanding God’s will and his kingdom on earth; it’s just too much for me. Perhaps you feel … Continue reading

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Do Jesus’ Words and Actions Demonstrate Empathy — or Judgment?

A central proposal of this blog is that Jesus’ message and example are geared toward empathy, reconciliation, and acceptance rather than judgment and exclusion. For the past two-and-a-half years I have addressed selected harmful beliefs by comparing them to Jesus’ … Continue reading

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