In the Moment

I previously mentioned the account of Jesus feeding the five thousand while illustrating Jesus's character. This miracle is the only miracle performed by Jesus that is recorded in all four gospels: Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15. What I found remarkable was what Jesus said 

Gifted Character

It's interesting how the events unfold in the narrative of Matthew. Chapter 14 begins with the death of John the Baptist, then leads into one of the most well-known miracles Jesus performed. Matthew tells us Jesus fed five thousand men, besides woman and children. If each man had one wife and each 

Shifting Society

I have tended to avoid Philemon. It's a New Testament book that always seemed out of place, as though I were eavesdropping on a private conversation. Of course the truth is we are eavesdropping. Philemon is a short letter (if you have not read it, or not read it recently, I encourage you to do so as 

After Christmas

Matthew 1:23 is often cited during the Christmas season as it recounts the story of Jesus's birth, but I think the passage from Luke more aptly conveys the meaning of Christmas. Both authors quote the Old Testament book of Isaiah; what Matthew shares tells us what happened at Christmas, but Luke 

The Enemy Among Us

After Galileo was confronted by the church about his scientific theories, he was told he could publish his opinions provided he presented them in a manner that was non-committal; he also had to come to the conclusion given to him--that being we cannot know how creation unfolded because God could