Bible Word of the Day: Symphoneo

From Matthew 18:19 –

συμφωνέω (symphōneō): fit (in) with, match (with), agree with; fit together; match in sound; be in agreement, in harmony,; be of one mind, . . . → Read More: Bible Word of the Day: Symphoneo

Jesus and the Guts of Compassion

In my Bible reading yesterday morning, I came across one of my favorite passages in the Scriptures, Matthew 9:35-39. As Matthew recounts this story, he sets the context by telling his readers what Jesus was doing: (1) going everywhere he could (“all the towns and villages”), (2) teaching where they were already gathered (the synagogue), (3) . . . → Read More: Jesus and the Guts of Compassion

My Love/Hate Relationship with Facebook Likes

Ok, I confess–I’m mildly addicted to Facebook “Likes”. I love the affirmation I receive when I see those likes streaming in on some witty saying I post or on a photo of my kids. It’s only natural. It’s kind of like a pat on the back, a “good job,” or a star sticker on one of . . . → Read More: My Love/Hate Relationship with Facebook Likes

Perfection in the Sermon on the Mount: Attainable or Not?

This passage in Matthew 5:48, and others like it (cf. 1 Pet. 1:15-16), has always confused me:

“You shall be perfect (τέλειοι), as your heavenly father is perfect (τέλειός).”

If we understand perfection as something that’s unattainable this side of heaven, and if we see God as qualitatively and categorically different from us in holiness and perfection, then . . . → Read More: Perfection in the Sermon on the Mount: Attainable or Not?

The Kingdom of Heaven is Near, and Stays Near

I was reading through Matthew 3:1-9 today, and came across a familiar phrase in verse 2:

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Μετανοεῖτε· ἤγγικεν γὰρ ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.)

Interestingly, the verb translated “has come near” (ἤγγικεν) is in the perfect tense, giving the sense that the kingdom has already drawn near, and also persists . . . → Read More: The Kingdom of Heaven is Near, and Stays Near