the be(yond)attitude

Matthew 5:1 begins the famous Beatitudes – arguably the most treasured lines from all human speech/writing. It introduces a section where a vision of a renewed and mature humanity; a humanity that has not left ‘religion’ behind (5:17-19), but which has been renewed (died to self and risen to God and others, we might say)… Continue reading the be(yond)attitude

homecoming for bad girls & outsiders

The genealogy of Matthew 1:1-17 is about far more than biological decent. It is well known that the extra detail given for Judah, Salmon, Boaz and David is deliberate.  Jesus’ family history has some real gems in it: prostitutes, adulterers and gentiles. The only other extra in the genealogy is the bit about “Jeconiah and… Continue reading homecoming for bad girls & outsiders

small verse – big theology

Matthew 1:1 – “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:” A short verse.  The 16 words above (TNIV) translate only 8 Greek terms. ((Βίβλος γενέσεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ υἱοῦ Δαυὶδ υἱοῦ Ἀβρααμ.))  It not only summarises the following genealogy (1:1-17), but hints at key themes of the… Continue reading small verse – big theology