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Category Archives: Synoptic Gospels

Jesus brings himself: A sermon unto the kingdom

Matthew 5:21-37 & 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Preached on 02/16/14 Jesus comes to us with an antithesis. His words, in this text specifically, and the whole of his message and life and calling speak of and call us to a break. This comes straight to the forefront in this section of the Sermon on the Mount. […]

Daily bread

In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus instructs his disciples to pray “Give us this day our daily bread.” From this one phrase a whole aura of sentimentality has been generated about “depending on God” for our food, a task that is ever so hard for middle class American Christians because, after all, we are so used […]

Us and our children

In the account of the passion in Matthew, the crowd responds to Pilate’s declaration of innocence with the cry “His blood be on us and on our children!” (Matt 27:25). A curious irony is found here. In that the people here are taking on the responsibility for Christ’s death but do so in language that […]

Be Kind to the Wicked

In Luke’s account of Jesus’ “love your enemies” command there’s an interesting difference from the better-known iteration in Matthew. Luke 6:35 reads “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful […]

The Formerly Rich Young Man

In a previous post about the story of the rich young man (Mark 10:17-21) I suggested that there’s no reason to think that the man did not indeed go away intending to do as Jesus commanded, by selling all his possessions and following him. In the comments someone suggested that there is a tradition that […]

The Rich Young Ruler Revisited

We’ve become accustomed to read the story of the rich young man (Mark 10:17-22) who Jesus commands to sell all his possessions as a kind of cautionary tale. The rich man, upon hearing Jesus’s demands, departs, unwilling to heed the call, caring more about his riches than about the life Jesus offers him. Now, there is no […]

Jesus and the Victory of God (4): Prodigals and Paradigms

In the final chapter of his introductory section, Wright engages in a close reading of the parable of the prodigal son (which is also the parable of the “prodigal father” in Wright’s reading) and then utilizes the interpretation of that parable as the analogy for his own methodology of studying Jesus amidst the sea of […]

Jesus and the Victory of God (3): Back to the Future

In his third chapter, Wright edges closer to beginning his own constructive work on Jesus as he outlines in more detail the nature of his inquiry into the life of Jesus. Over-against the skeptical straitjacket which has been imposed on historical study by the Wredebahn scholars of the “New Quest” for the historical Jesus, Wright […]

Jesus and the Victory of God (2): Heavy Traffic on the Wredebahn

In his second chapter, Write begins to lay the foundation of his argument through an exhaustive examination of the history of Jesus scholarship. At the outset he notes two very broad and basic threads in such scholarship. The first takes its impetus from William Wrede’s “thoroughgoing skepticism” which believes we can know very little about […]

Jesus and the Victory of God (1): Jesus now and Then

At the moment I am going through the second two volumes of N.T. Wright’s Christian Origins and the Question of God series.  Part of what I’m doing in reading the books is giving a review and summary of each chapter of both books.  I thought I might as well contribute them here, so occasionally over […]

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