In this encounter of Jesus, with the Pharisees in Matthew 22, he is questioned about taxes. In response Jesus points out that there is the Kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God. As Christians we have a dual citizenship characterised by duty to the one a devotion to the other. Jan points out […]
Allen sets the context for Jesus’ parable(s) of the wedding banquet exploring the meaning of the parable and asking questions from the congregation (some of these are hard to hear but Allen’s replies make clear their questions. He draws us to understand that all are invited bad and good, that the wedding dress of ‘righteousness’ […]
Peter speaks about the integrity of the text and the significance of Jesus words and actions when seen in the context of the Old Testament’s prophetic expectations. The effect of slicing the text into paragraphs and verses with interpolated paragraph headings often distracts from the bigger story. Here faith and doubt are juxtaposed in a […]
Allen sets the geographical context for the ‘Palm Sunday’ events. He asks what our response is as he looks at the primary characters in the text.
Peter explores these few verses not simply by recounting the miracle of restored sight, but by what it means to know Jesus as a disciple and so call him “Lord” out of personal relationship.
This passage in our series in Matthew’s Gospel was saved for Palm Sunday. the proceeding passages may be found as earlier recordings.
Coming immediately after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem we hear his welcome of the least and the outcast, are reminded that the Temple was the place of God’s indwelling, and that its rightful purpose was being abused. As temples of God’s Holy Spirit the Believer is reminded that blessing comes when we use our bodies […]
In this all-age talk Peter asks: In what do we put our trust? How selectively do we view the commands of God?
This short talk addresses how Jesus talks about exercising admonition and encouragement of one another to walk the way of Christ in the context of the ‘little ones’ and ‘forgiveness’.
Looking out for one another in the church – the family of God, is like looking out for the “little ones” in the Kingdom of heaven which Matthew records early in chapter 18. After a lengthy pre-amble not recorded here Peter urges the church family to take note of those who appear missing from Sunday […]