The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger Jesus’ response to a visit to the Temple in the midst of this busy, noisy, Passover “tourist season” is utter frustration turned to anger. With so much at stake, “business-as-usual” seems obscene. This can be true for us today. The banality of our everyday lives sometimes seems ludicrous in the […]
The Parade: Risking Reputation Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week was full of risk. Rather than a nice impromptu celebration, it can be seen for the carefully planned and significantly symbolic event that would rub those in power the wrong way. In a moment already filled with tension, this “victory parade” […]
Revenge or Love?, Matthew 5:38-48 Which do you enjoy more? Getting even or loving those who hurt you? We may have heard all about love, but getting even is what we’ve been taught. Don’t be a wimp, stand your ground, demand respect, fight for your rights, defend yourself! Jesus invites us to practice another way.
Straight Talk, Matthew 5:21-37 Jesus speaks directly to the crowd about some hot topics. He doesn’t beat around the bush but goes right to the heart of daily living and goes deeper with the commandments from Deuteronomy. From anger (vv. 21–26) to adultery (vv. 27–30) to divorce (vv. 31–32) to using one’s voice (vv. 33–37), […]