Archive for August, 2011

Matthew 16:13-20

August 21, 2011

This was a turning point in Matthew’s Gospel.  It was a turning point in Jesus’ journey with his disciples.  It was a turning point in the lives of the disciples.  Possibly it will be a turning point in our own lives.

Picture the Jordan River Valley.  The river rises in the north on the slopes of Mt. Hermon and flows south to the Dead Sea.  Jesus has been heading north, teaching his followers as they went along, forming them spiritually.  They climb the slopes of Mt. Hermon to Caesarea Philippi.  From there they can scan the valley, and trace the way they have come.  I picture them sitting on a rocky outcropping, gazing out at the view, reflecting on their journey. (more…)

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Matthew 14:22-33

August 8, 2011

Some readers dismiss this Gospel story.  Either they do not believe Peter walked on water, or they don’t believe they, themselves, ever could.  Such faith is beyond their reach, they think, beyond even striving for, so what’s the point?  Well, there is a point, and to get at it I want to tell you another story. (more…)