[The Gospel According to…] Matthew 28

Today’s passage: Matthew 28 So, on the Sunday following Jesus’ crucifixion, two Marys pay a visit to Jesus’ tomb–but they find the guards gone, the stone rolled away from the tomb entrance, and an angel waiting there. Recall that the Greek word we translate as ‘gospel’ is ‘εὐαγγέλιον;’ it’s got the word ‘angel,’ meaning ‘messenger,’ […]

[The Gospel According to…] Matthew 16:13-28

Today’s passage: Matthew 16:13-28 My conclusion yesterday–that “The Messiah must die” is a crucial part of Matthew’s concept of the gospel–led me to this passage. Here, Jesus applauds Peter’s confession of him as the Messiah and the Son of God. But then he starts teaching his disciples that he’s got to go up to Jesusalem, the […]

[The Gospel According to…] Matthew 24:14, 26:6-13

WARNING: Uneven Chocolate Break detec–you know what, forget it. Today’s passages: Matthew 24:14, Matthew 26:6-13 We’re starting off today’s look into how Matthew characterizes the gospel with a single verse: Matthew 24:14. Here Jesus states, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world [literally, ‘the whole inhabited earth’] as a testimony […]

[The Gospel According to…] Matthew 4:23, 9:35

Today’s passages: Matthew 4, Matthew 9:32-38 The word “gospel” first shows up in Matthew 4:23, just after Jesus has had his wilderness showdown with the Devil and called his first disciples. Matthew writes: “Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of […]

Romans 16

Today’s Passage: Romans 16 The tail end of chapter 15 had Paul giving some personal notes and travel plans to his Roman readers, and here he continues in that vein with a bunch of personal greetings. A phrase in verses 3-4 jumped out to me: “Greet Prisca and Aquila…who for my life risked their own necks…” I […]

Romans 15

Today’s Passage: Romans 15 Paul’s got a vision for the church. What does he want to see? He wants to see people following Christ’s sacrificial example, looking out for other people’s benefit instead of selfishly pursuing their own pleasure. He wants to see people accepting each other. He wants to see the church on the […]

Romans 14

WARNING: Uneven Chocolate Break detected. That’s two in a row. What is wrong with you? Today’s Passage: Romans 14 In Romans 14:2, Paul writes, “One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only,” demonstrating that no mature Christian is a vegetarian. But seriously (because that was […]