Tag Archives: teachings of Jesus

Changing the world from below

In his book The Myth of a Christian Nation, Gregory A. Boyd argues that legislative power and the kingdom of God operate on two completely different levels. One exerts a power over people as it seeks to amass public opinion, … Continue reading

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Blessed are the needy

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be … Continue reading

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Child of God

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9) When I went looking for a picture to go along with yesterday’s Catch, I typed “peacemaker” in the image search engine, and got an array of … Continue reading

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Be a peacemaker

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9) When our firstborn son, Christopher, was about six months old, I wrote a song about his toes. “Christopher knows Christopher’s toes,” was the opening line, and … Continue reading

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Seeing God: Seeing good

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8) To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences … Continue reading

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Pure in heart

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10) This one eludes me. I can get the poor in … Continue reading

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Showing mercy

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (Matthew 5:7) As we saw yesterday, these two go hand in hand. You can’t be merciful without receiving mercy, and you can’t receive mercy without knowing you have no shot … Continue reading

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Mercy for judgment

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (Matthew 5:7) Mercy is probably the most useful tool in our Gospel of Welcome toolbox, but perhaps the hardest to find. Believe me, we’re going to be pulling this one … Continue reading

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