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Jonah’s troubles began right at the beginning of the book that bears his name.

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It is tempting to launch a scathing critique of the main character in The Old Testament book of Jonah. And, many commentators have heaped scorn and disapproval on the reluctant prophet God sent to Nineveh.

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The words of the Psalmist in Psalm 139:19-22 are mean, vindictive, violent, and hateful.They are not the kinds of words we expect to find flowing from the stylus of a great person of God setting down immortal words of sacred text.

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God’s goal for all human beings is always the same.

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If we are open to considering the possibility that the first word in Matthew’s phrase “eternal punishment” does not necessarily have to be translated as “eternal” a whole different picture may emerge.

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One of the things that makes “eternal punishment” a difficult concept to address in the New Testament is that it appears only in Matthew’s Gospel.

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Sometimes where we end up can be the product of where we begin.

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Matthew 25:14-30 contains a surprising shift typical of the subtly often characteristic of the teaching of Jesus.

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Twelve years ago I had a magnificent obsession with C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Here’s how it found its way into my sermon on 30 October 2005 when I addressed Matthew 23:1-12

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Three years ago, I preached on Matthew 23:1-12, this Sunday’s Gospel. It is interesting to revisit old sermons. Here is what I said on Sunday 2 November 2014, from back in the days when my sermons were written out.

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