Category: Word of God: Matthew

What if…

What if Peter, after turning his back, would not have come back to Jesus?  What if Peter just ran away never to be seen again or, even worse, had followed the path of Judas, and ended his own life?  What if Judas had not ended his life?  What if...

Visitors from the East

The Magi--sometimes known as "wise men"--are too smart for Herod, though, and manage to visit the baby (who may have been a toddler by the time they found him) and then return home without giving up anything to Herod.  Well-done, Magi!...

Joseph’s brief moment in the spotlight

Had a gospel been written by someone who knew Joseph and Mary and family while the kids were growing up (Can you imagine what a story that might be?), we might see what a significant influence these two faithful servants of God were on their children, including the child...

Why start with such a boring list, Matt?

As I continue to read Scripture, learn from others, and experience day-to-day life on this planet, I continue to realize that there are mountains of fascinating insights, deep meanings, and undeniable truths lying just below the surface of the words and stories of Scripture--hidden gold just waiting to be...

Remaking “Word of God Unplugged”

…some Christians have become so accustomed to baby food that they no longer desire the stronger food.   —J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays, and Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Mark L. Strauss, Grasping God’s Word, Kindle location 51 Several years ago I started something I called “Word of God Unplugged” (WOGU) as...

Matthew 28:18–By the authority vested in me…

And one thing is for sure; when Jesus spoke to his eleven disciples there was not a single ordained pastor, Sunday-school teacher, song leader, church board member, televangelist, Christian aid worker, Christian musician, Christian author, or any other sort of "high-profile" Christian worker among them. They were just ordinary...