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Commentary on John 3:1-17

John 3:16 is one of the most beloved texts in the Bible, but is typically [...]

three loaves of bread stacked
Commentary on Matthew 4:1-11

On one level the temptation is a story about Jesus similar to stories of other [...]

rusted metal
Commentary on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Many interpreters today acknowledge tension between Matthew’s congregation and some [...]

sun shining on a valley
Commentary on Matthew 17:1-9

I have heard many sermons on the transfiguration, many of which contain variations on a [...]

Couple hands during sunset
Commentary on Matthew 5:21-37

Matthew 5:21-37 opens the section of the Sermon on Mount sometimes called the “Antitheses” (5:21-48). [...]

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Commentary on Matthew 5:13-20

As the first major piece of teaching within the Sermon on the Mount after the [...]

Children smiling and making peace signs with their hands.
Commentary on Matthew 5:1-12

When, in Matthew 5:1, Jesus goes up the mountain with his disciples, we get our [...]

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Commentary on Matthew 4:12-23

Matthew’s account of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and the call of his first disciples [...]

lamb in green field
Commentary on John 1:29-42

As we journey through ordinary time, our lectionary turns to passages that reveal who Jesus [...]

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Commentary on Matthew 3:13-17

The account of Jesus’ baptism is found in all four Gospels. Only Matthew records the [...]