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Category: In Jesus’ Name
The Sermon on the Mount—How (Not) to Practice your Faith

The Sermon on the Mount—How (Not) to Practice your Faith

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After focusing on how citizens of the kingdom are to live by a higher standard, Jesus now transitions to three aspects of our religious lives—giving to the needy, praying, and ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—Raising the Standard

The Sermon on the Mount—Raising the Standard

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After describing what citizens of His kingdom should look like in the Beatitudes and then explaining how His followers should interact with the world around them (salt and light), ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—Salt and Light

The Sermon on the Mount—Salt and Light

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After a few weeks’ break, we now return to our study of the Sermon on the Mount, and immediately following the Beatitudes, Jesus uses two metaphors to describe His disciples which ...

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A Difficult Birth, Part 3: The Danger of Christmas

A Difficult Birth, Part 3: The Danger of Christmas

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In this series we have been discussing that Jesus’ birth was a difficult one, and we have been looking at different characteristics of His birth that we sometimes gloss over in ...

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A Difficult Birth, Part 2: The Discomfort of Christmas

A Difficult Birth, Part 2: The Discomfort of Christmas

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We continue our discussion on the birth of Jesus, and what we’re really emphasizing in this series is that it was a difficult birth. It is not as neat and clean and Hallmark-y as ...

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A Difficult Birth, Part 1: The Scandal of Christmas

A Difficult Birth, Part 1: The Scandal of Christmas

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For some people, Christmas is all about spending time with family, and the giving and receiving of gifts, but for others, Christmas is also a celebration and remembrance of the ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—Who God Sees as Blessed (continued)

The Sermon on the Mount—Who God Sees as Blessed (continued)

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This week, we conclude our brief examination of the Beatitudes, which describe the sort of people that Jesus considers to be blessed. Blessed are the merciful (5.7) Mercy ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—People God Calls Blessed

The Sermon on the Mount—People God Calls Blessed

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After Matthew spends four chapters letting us know who this Jesus is who is about to deliver the Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 5, Jesus begins His famous oration with a series ...

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The Sermon on the Mount—Who is this Jesus?

The Sermon on the Mount—Who is this Jesus?

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In the first post of this series, I talked about how Jesus’ focus in the Sermon on the Mount (SOTM) is to cast a vision of what His kingdom looks like, and that the picture He ...

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The Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount

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The Sermon on the Mount (SOTM) is one of the most famous sections of all of Scripture, and it is a favorite of a lot of people who aren’t even Christians, because it shows Jesus’ ...

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Are You Like Jesus’ Enemies?

Are You Like Jesus’ Enemies?

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If you are familiar at all with the life and ministry of Jesus, you know that He encountered opposition from various groups. In Mark’s gospel, the controversy surrounding the ...

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The Foundation of our Faith

The Foundation of our Faith

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In this space, I focus my thoughts on the person and work of Jesus Christ. I have written numerous posts on His teachings and His character. In different ways I have discussed the ...

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