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The Dream of God

When it came time for Jesus to preach and teach, his most frequent theme was the kingdom of God (or in Matthew, the Kingdom of heaven). A reminder may be in order: the kingdom of heaven is not first and foremost about where we go after we die but about God’s...

Can We Really “Live” The Sermon on the Mount?

Here’s an important question that has challenged Christians for two thousand years. Bluntly stated, the question is, Can the Sermon on the Mount (hereafter the Sermon) in Matthew 5-7 really be lived out? Is it actually possible for followers of Jesus to “turn the...

Something Old, Something New

“And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’” Matthew 13:52 As a lifelong student of Scripture, I’m continually struck by the...