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Matthew 10 verses 32 and 33 feel terrifying and bewildering. They appear to portray a mean capricious God who will walk away from anyone who does not measure up to an arbitrary standard that is impossible to comprehend.

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The overall point of Matthew 10:24-39 is that the most important thing in our lives is attending to our inner life because a life lived without reference to the reality of God’s presence is a life of suffering.

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One thing that is clear in Matthew 10:28 is that a distinction is made between two dimensions of life.

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I am going on holiday on Monday June 26. When I looked ahead at the Gospel reading appointed for Sunday June 25, the day before my holidays start, I realized I should have started my holidays a day earlier and left someone else to struggle with Matthew 10:24-39.

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The New Testament offers a challenging vision of what it means to be truly human.

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I was asked after yesterday’s “Beatitudes” sermon about the translation “meek” in Matthew 5:5.

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It is tempting for some people to seek to restrict evidence of faith to the small group of faithful believers with whom they identify.

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In his follow up observation on the authority of Scripture (https://inaspaciousplace.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/the-authority-of-scripture-23/) ‘m’ questions the place of reason and personal experience in the life of faith.

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m’s final observations on the authority of Scripture stirred in me too many thoughts to be confined to an email response.

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From time to time, I am asked a probing, thoughtful question by email.

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