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Reading 11 – Called by Name—Matthew 10

2020-07-13T13:38:35-04:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Moments with Matthew|

Reading 11
Called by Name—Matthew 10

Read Chapter 10

Jesus names, calls, and equips his disciples to heal, preach, and teach in his name. Jesus warns the disciples they will encounter opposition and lack of resources, not always being welcomed along the journey. Despite difficulty, the disciples were encouraged to continue their journey regardless of what was encountered along the way.

Reading 10 – Daughter, Your Faith Has Made You Well—Matthew 9

2020-07-09T14:14:57-04:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Moments with Matthew|

Reading 10
Daughter, Your Faith Has Made You Well—Matthew 9

Read Chapter 9

This chapter of Matthew is full of great stories of Jesus’ ministry but there is one pericope within this chapter that stole my attention. In Matthew 9:18-26, a man comes to Jesus to tell him that his daughter has died and asks Jesus to come with him to lay his hands on her. While he is on his way to attend to that, a woman who has been bleeding for 12 years touches Jesus’ clothes and is healed. Jesus seeks out this mysterious person who touched him in the

Reading 8 – Good Advice Is Not Good News—Matthew 7

2020-07-09T13:52:42-04:00July 12th, 2020|Categories: Moments with Matthew|

Reading 8
Good Advice Is Not Good News—Matthew 7

Read Chapter 7

Chapter 7 brings us to the end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and, as in the previous two chapters, it is chock full of some of Jesus’ most quotable quotations. They have taken on almost proverbial status as one-liners, usually lifted out of context. Admittedly, some of them work well as stand-alone proverbs. We might all do well to remember the log in our own eye when examining the speck in our neighbor’s eye in our interactions on social media.

Reading 7 – Hey Neighbor!—Matthew 6

2020-07-09T13:41:08-04:00July 11th, 2020|Categories: Moments with Matthew|

Reading 7
Hey Neighbor!—Matthew 6

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We have sat on this mountain before. Patches of grass and rocky soil leave little comfort for our bottoms, but we hardly notice. Jesus speaks in a way that captivates our imaginations. Even now, as we sit six feet apart and turn our masked faces towards him, Jesus draws us back to the Holy One. His words sound familiar and new. But as I listen in the midst of this global pandemic and this continuing struggle against white supremacy, his words cause me to wonder… What does the kingdom of God look like? How can God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven?

Reading 6 – “But I tell you…”—Matthew 5

2020-07-09T13:34:35-04:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: Moments with Matthew|

Reading 6
But I tell you…”—Matthew 5

Read Chapter 5

How much time and emotional energy do you spend comparing yourself to others? We have all kinds of measuring sticks we like to take out to see how we measure up. We have report cards, quarterly evaluations, bank accounts, the number of “likes” on Facebook, the quantity and quality of our friends, our

Reading 5 – After Faith Is Tested, Faith Is on the Move—Matthew 4

2020-07-07T11:11:05-04:00July 9th, 2020|Categories: Moments with Matthew|

Reading 5
After Faith Is Tested, Faith Is on the Move—Matthew 4

Read Chapter 4

Matthew was written to a mostly Jewish audience and it seeks to show the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. Therefore, it is no accident that Jesus is in the wilderness and there for forty days. It immediately brings to mind the Exodus story and the wandering in the wilderness by the Israelites for forty years. During that time, their faith and trust in God was tested.

Reading 4 – Remember Your Baptism—Matthew 3

2020-07-07T08:26:37-04:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: Moments with Matthew|

Reading 4
Remember Your Baptism—Matthew 3

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Three chapters into Matthew’s Gospel we get to eavesdrop on the conversation between Jesus and John the baptizer. I suspect Jesus’ awareness of God’s presence in his life evolved over the course of years. No doubt he knew of his unique calling as God’s messenger and savior of the world as the prophet had declared long ago. Jesus must now claim his vocation and baptism opens him to the divine affirmation that will strengthen his resolve and focus his energies.

Reading 3 – “Where is Jesus?”—Matthew 2

2020-07-03T09:29:58-04:00July 7th, 2020|Categories: Moments with Matthew|

Reading 3
“Where is Jesus?”—Matthew 2

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The congregation of which I am a member, Lutheran Church of the Epiphany, has a closet full of elegant, regal wise men costumes with matching crowns and faux gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Some of the costumes are for wise women, and some represent countries and cultures from around the world.

Reading 2- So Many Names—Matthew 1

2020-07-03T09:31:53-04:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Moments with Matthew|

Reading 2
So Many Names—Matthew 1

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A couple of things right off the bat. To start with, the first 17 verses of Matthew’s gospel give me a headache! Nothing but genealogy. Name after name after name. It’s like Ancestry.com gone crazy! The names go on and on and make my eyes cross. Names that I can’t even begin to wrap my tongue around.

Seriously! If the author insists on listing so many names, wouldn’t it be a good idea for someone to come up with a translation where the names have at least been changed into something more easily

Reading 1-Introducing Moments with Matthew

2020-07-02T13:41:21-04:00July 5th, 2020|Categories: Moments with Matthew|

Reading 1 – Introducing Moments with Matthew

Matthew’s gospel has so many wonderful moments scattered through its pages: the visit of the Magi; Mary, Joseph and Jesus become refugees in Egypt; the Sermon on the Mount; the resurrection of the dead when Jesus is crucified; the great commission. This summer, I hope you will join me in exploring these moments with the North Carolina Synod. Many of these moments ask questions about how to live faithfully in community. How should a community care for its members? How do we gather together? What do we do when we disagree? How do we invite others to join our faith

2020 Bible Reading Plan: “Moments with Matthew”

2020-07-02T14:12:17-04:00June 26th, 2020|Categories: Moments with Matthew|

2020 Bible Reading Plan: Moments with Matthew

This summer’s Bible Reading Plan, brought to you by the synod’s Engage the Bible Task Group, is: “Moments with Matthew.”  Beginning Sunday, July 5, we will read the Gospel of Matthew together as a synod—from Manteo to Murphy, or more specifically for our synod’s congregations, from Andrews to Atlantic Beach! Won’t you join us?