The Rich and the Kingdom of God

Today we are looking at the story of Jesus and “the rich young ruler” from the Gospel according to Matthew. 16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “ThereContinue reading “The Rich and the Kingdom of God”

:) Blessed are the peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called children of God.”  — Jesus, Matthew 5:9, NIV, accessed from BibleGateway.com It seems that many Christians have trouble with the idea of Jesus as a peacemaker and even more trouble with the idea of themselves as peacemakers.  After all what can one person in this world doContinue reading “:) Blessed are the peacemakers”

And That Ain’t Your Sweet Little Baptist Jesus

The above was a favorite saying of John S. Reist Jr. Ph.D, , my theology professor from my seminary days. When Jesus was asked to read the scripture in the synagogue he ended the reading from Isaiah with the words, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” — Luke 4:21 RSV  So what was fulfilled? ‘The spirit ofContinue reading “And That Ain’t Your Sweet Little Baptist Jesus”