What if…

What if Peter, after turning his back, would not have come back to Jesus?  What if Peter just ran away never to be seen again or, even worse, had followed the path of Judas, and ended his own life?  What if Judas had not ended his life?  What if Jesus had the opportunity to stand face to face once again with Judas, as he did with Peter? ...  Keep reading

Joseph’s brief moment in the spotlight

Had a gospel been written by someone who knew Joseph and Mary and family while the kids were growing up (Can you imagine what a story that might be?), we might see what a significant influence these two faithful servants of God were on their children, including the child Jesus as he grew and matured.  There is no proof of this, but I can't help but see reflections of Joseph's treatment of Mary prior to their marriage, when she was found to be pregnant, in the attitudes and actions of Jesus toward the women who crossed his path.   ...  Keep reading

Why start with such a boring list, Matt?

As I continue to read Scripture, learn from others, and experience day-to-day life on this planet, I continue to realize that there are mountains of fascinating insights, deep meanings, and undeniable truths lying just below the surface of the words and stories of Scripture--hidden gold just waiting to be discovered.  Even the genealogy of Matthew, much to my surprise, was full of a few crazy-fun and meaningful nuggets of truth. ...  Keep reading

Matthew 28:18–By the authority vested in me…

And one thing is for sure; when Jesus spoke to his eleven disciples there was not a single ordained pastor, Sunday-school teacher, song leader, church board member, televangelist, Christian aid worker, Christian musician, Christian author, or any other sort of "high-profile" Christian worker among them. They were just ordinary guys like you and me. Ordinary, except for the fact that they had learned to walk with Jesus. ...  Keep reading