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I am a modern Pharisee (Matthew 12:38-50)

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The Pharisees in the time of Jesus were admired because they tried to put into practice a life that was worthy of respect, that didn’t hurt others and that allowed  actions and sense of being to be integrated. They took seriously that their way of life should reflect their values. They were the equivalent of […]

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The scandal of a name (Matthew 1:1-17)

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We have all read Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus. But Matthew does not begin his story here. He starts with a list of names, the family tree of Jesus. Verse one of Matthew says, “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.” If I were […]

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The Good of Christianity for Society

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This text makes us uncomfortable, I know. It seems to say that a wife should do what her husband asks, that the husband carries all authority in the marriage relationship. Well, it makes us uncomfortable, but not for the reason that I have just suggested to you. The truth is that what Peter says is […]

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Message from the Stones (1 Peter 2: 4-10)

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Why does Peter want to talk about us like stones? It’s an image that lacks life, right? The reason is that we build stone temples to facilitate the encounter between the earth and the heavens. Peter wants us to understand that through Jesus we are where the encounter takes place. It is a more vivid […]

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We want and need judgment (1 Peter 1:17-21)

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Life is not meaningful without judgment. You disagree?  Why do you care about others’ opinions? Why do we seek out people who agree with our opinions and form groups and communities on these issues? Why does Facebook use the “like”? Last week we thought about morality and how it relates to the idea of holiness. […]