I’ve never been totally honest about baptismal vows. I bet Joshua would have been.
Deborah, a wise woman who sat.
I was in Cuba this summer on a mission trip, when our host pastor, Héctor Méndez, approached me, his face grave and drawn. “They have attacked a Presbyterian hospital and school in Pakistan,” he said, “and people have been killed.”
Jesus' simple summary of the law is actually complex.
If you are ever invited to a gala event where a constitutional monarch is present, you will be told to wear a dark suit or a formal dress—no pants suits for women, no leisure suits for men. Apparently the poor guy in the parable of the wedding banquet didn’t read the small print on his invitation.
We cannot return to a pre-calf existence when the fullness of God could be seen more clearly.
Power always protects itself.
Jesus offers a stick in his listeners' eye.
When I was a kid growing up in the Willamette Valley, local teenagers and migrant laborers would go out together into the strawberry fields to help with the harvest. This parable, with its setting in the vineyard, describes the emotions of us workers—we wanted a fair wage for a fair day’s work.
Matthew's story is terrible news. It is also the truth that will make us free.