Churches, Change, and the New Wine of the Gospel

Change. None of us likes it. But change comes nonetheless, even though we often resist it. Institutions are especially resistant to change. Churches, for instance, can often be quite resistant to change. Particularly when much around us is changing so rapidly, we often want to cling to the familiar, to the comfortable, to that which …

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Ministry According to Jesus (thanks to the Gospels of Matthew and Mark!)

One of the hallmarks of Jesus’ earthly ministry is the opposition it aroused among the religious authorities of the time: the Pharisees and the Sadducees. One key example of this is Matthew 23. This chapter features Jesus’ response to having been challenged and tested by the Pharisees and Sadducees both (Matthew 22:15—46). He essentially excoriates …

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