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Sermons on “Matthew”

The Whole Passage

Apparently, Jesus (much like the John the Baptist) wasn’t very succesful. Although crowds would gather to catch a glimpse of him, very few embraced the radically different path he invited them to walk. In response, Jesus offers a stark warning and an extraordinary invitation, and it’s crucial that we hear both words for ourselves today.

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Type 2 Discipleship

Jesus invites us into situations where we are forced to ask: are we going to make it? This is Type 2 Discipleship. Only in the midst of the troubles and challenges Jesus guarantee we will face, do we learn what it means to lay down our old lives and take up His Resurrection life.

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He Has Been Raised

“He has been raised!” These are the most important words that have ever been spoken. Everything else in the Gospel either stands or falls on this single Greek word. If this is a lie, there is no Gospel. But what if it’s true?

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The Un-Triumphal Entry: Palm Sunday Part 2

Palm Sunday is a day of spiritual whiplash. We move from “Hosanna!” to “Crucify!” in about ten minutes. And yet, when we dig deeper, we see that the first episode simply anticipates the second, when the real Triumph of God takes place.

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The Un-Triumphal Entry: Palm Sunday Part 1

Palm Sunday is a day of spiritual whiplash. We move from “Hosanna!” to “Crucify!” in about ten minutes. And yet, when we dig deeper, we see that the first episode simply anticipates the second, when the real Triumph of God takes place.

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The Voices of Temptation

Scripture and the promises given us in baptism help us fend off the voices that would split us from God. You are God’s child, his beloved, one in whom he delights.

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The Interrupting God

God the Father only speaks directly to the world twice in the Gospel of Matthew, and both times He reveals to the world who Jesus is. But at the Transfiguration, God interrupts Peter’s own babbling interruption, and adds, “Listen to him.”

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This Little Light of Mine

In the darkness, a lit candle can be seen for ten miles. Jesus teaches that a very small amount of light is enough to dispel the darkness. Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. Let your light shine.” Let your light, your closeness to Him, dispel the darkness. 

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Jesus Called, and They Followed

Jesus beckons us to come follow him, to come discover new life in him.  He beckons us to follow, because he invites us to join him in bringing new life to the people around us. 

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John’s imprisoned

When Jesus, the Messiah comes, he overturns all our expectations.  When Jesus comes, rather than bringing military might, he brings new life.  In Jesus’ presence the blind see, the lame walk, the leprous are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the poor have good new brought to them. 

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