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Putting Herod back into Christmas

We normally hear, "Let's put Christ back into Christmas." But Herod? Some time ago I read J. Richard Middleton's article, "Let's Put Herod back into Christmas." I think he's right. An advent meditation  Matthew 2 (click to read) is one of those parts of the Bible you should read during the Christmas season.  The... Read More

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A problem with miracles

Do you have a problem with miracles? This is a big question – and I’m going to keep a tight focus. At this point, I will not deal with those who deny miracles can happen, or those who think they can get God to perform them ‘on demand’.  Here’s my focus: You’re a person who believes that miracles happened in the... Read More

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Listening Well to Matthew

Listening Well to Matthew is now available for free. This 44 page book introduces you to a dynamic, multi-dimensional understanding of Matthew's Gospel. Matthew’s purpose is to equip and encourage you for making disciples. If we take Matthew's purpose seriously, we need to listen well to Matthew. I'm so convinced... Read More

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Unlocking the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount (SM) is the greatest, and best known, sermon in history. Unlocking the SM, and letting it permeate your heart and mind will transform your inner-character. In turn, this will find powerful-expression in your words and actions. Bold claims. Read it, and see for yourself (Matthew 5-7). How... Read More be is to do

To be or to do?

Kurt Vonnegut, famously included this bit of bathroom graffiti in his novel, Deadeye Dick: To be is to do – Socrates To do is to be – Sartre Do Be Do Be Do – Sinatra Apart from Sinatra, I’m not sure Vonnegut got the philosophers right, but no matter.  Here’s the question: “If you had to pick one of these as a... Read More


A key to Matthew

Here is a basic principle for interpreting the Bible. Early in a book of the Bible, the author educates his readers to read the text correctly. Bible scholar, Paul Minear, confirms this concept: ... it was the habit of biblical people to find at the outset of a story a kind of preview of all that would follow. An... Read More

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Lessons from a leper

Have you ever met a leper? I haven’t. You probably haven’t either. So, how is this relevant to you and me? Let me show you. Three things about leprosy First, in the Bible, leprosy is broader than what is now called Hansen’s Disease. It describes a host of skin disorders, and is often translated as “infectious skin... Read More

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Disciple, what will you do?

The second lesson for a disciple of Jesus Christ is in the second section of Matthew’s ‘Story’ (Matthew 1:18-25). “What’s the first lesson?” you ask. It’s in the first section – the genealogy (1:1-17). That’s short-hand for God’s ‘Story’ up to the birth of Jesus Christ. To live in that ‘Story’ you must learn... Read More


Fleshing out two principles for making disciples

My conviction has been stated before: Matthew’s gospel is a paradigm for making disciples of Jesus Christ. This raises the question, “How can we engage Matthew for making disciples?” In partial answer, I will introduce two basic principles, and provide four means of application. Two principles (1) Disciple-makers... Read More

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How to make disciples: a better way

Dallas Willard’s The Great Omission and Frank Viola’s Discipleship in Crisis capture something of the overall malaise in the current state of discipleship.  My suspicion is that discipleship programs over the past fifty years must take some, if not much, of the blame for this malaise. This post takes a poke at... Read More

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