Posts tagged Matthew

Matthew the evangelist

Jesus had redeemed him. He was no longer Matthew the tax collector, but Matthew the disciple. And now, as he wrote to early Jewish Christians, he was Matthew the evangelist. There is no other explanation for it. Only by the grace of God does Matthew make this transition. Though, it wasn’t easy to find the… Continue reading

Matthew the disciple

Jesus asked Matthew to be a disciple. Just how countercultural was this? It was the complete opposite of how discipleship worked. To start with, Jesus had no business being a rabbi. He didn’t apprentice under another rabbi. And, even if he had, Nazareth was not a respectable center for religious teachings. In fact, it was just… Continue reading

Matthew the sinner

We know nothing. Four hundred years of nothing. Most bibles have a blank page between the last book of the old testament (Malachi) and the first book of the New testament (Matthew). That blank page represents 400 years of silence, of Jewish exile, and oppression. Imagine growing up your entire life being taught that you… Continue reading

The Beginning

Ok. Not the Beginning, but my first step on a journey to rediscover the context of the Gospel. This project has been on my heart and in my mind for too long. And thanks to Kyle, I can no longer say I’ll start tomorrow. For the record, I can’t claim this is a calling. (My… Continue reading