The Gospel of Matthew

If the post this morning left you wanting to know more about the genealogy or even the whole Gospel of Matthew – but you want the “big picture?”  Then I have two great videos for you – both from the amazing folks at The Bible Project. As an introduction the two videos are great. The layout the design, the flow, the purpose Matthew had in mind – and it all points to Jesus. The first video is about 8 minutes, the second about 7 minutes. Invest 15 minutes in building up your faith!

Good News of the King

The word “gospel” has become commonplace in many Christian traditions, and for many of us, the word has lost its potency and power. So in this week’s Bible Study, we are looking at how the Bible uses this word and the nuance that can get lost in translation. The word comes from the Greek word euangelion, and it simply means “good announcement” or “good news.” But it’s not just any kind of news. Euangelion most often refers to a royal announcement about a new king. So when Jesus’ followers proclaim the Gospel, they are announcing that Jesus is King.

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Following: trust

repent-n-believeRepent and Believe. John Williamson, (Mark, p.43) offers this analogy which “may capture some (not all) dimensions of this summary of the preaching of Jesus.”

In a crowded airline terminal, hundreds of persons are scurrying in dozens of directions. Above the steady buzz of noise a voice booms through a loud-speaker, “Flight 362 is now arriving at gate we. Will passengers holding tickets for New York please check in at gate 23; you will be boarding soon.” Some people, of course, never hear the announcement and continue on their way. Others hear it but, having reservations on another flight, pay no attention. Some, however, who want to go to New York and who have been nervously awaiting such an announcement, look up expectantly, check their ticket for the flight number, gather their baggage, turn around and set out with some urgency for gate 23. Continue reading

Come after me: trust

repent-n-believeRepent and Believe. John Williamson, (Mark, p.43) offers this analogy which “may capture some (not all) dimensions of this summary of the preaching of Jesus.”

In a crowded airline terminal, hundreds of persons are scurrying in dozens of directions. Above the steady buzz of noise a voice booms through a loud-speaker, “Flight 362 is now arriving at gate we. Will passengers holding tickets for New York please check in at gate 23; you will be boarding soon.” Some people, of course, never hear the announcement and continue on their way. Others hear it but, having reservations on another flight, pay no attention. Some, however, who want to go to New York and who have been nervously awaiting such an announcement, look up expectantly, check their ticket for the flight number, gather their baggage, turn around and set out with some urgency for gate 23. Continue reading

…what is being taught

Chatting today with a parish staff member today, she was reminded of an older conversation when the diocesan faith formation director said that we always need to be conscious of what is being taught by our words and actions.  With that intro, I leave you to this NY Times article:  TBN Fight Offers Glimpse Inside Lavish TV Ministry – NYTimes.com.

As a Franciscan, one is reminded of the words often associated with St. Francis of Assisi:  preach the Gospel at all times, use words if necessary.  My religious formation must have been lacking, I am not familiar with the TBN gospel.