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The Beatitudes: questions for reflection

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The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) Sermon on The Mount What are some of the hazards of contextual interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount (and Scripture in general)? Is contextual interpretation of Scripture intrinsically bad or wrong? Ulrich Luz (a Swiss theologian, b. 1938) hypothesized “a tendency in the mainstream of the church to ‘domesticate’ Jesus’ […]

Discussion questions for Psalm 147 on December 31, 2017

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Dec 31 – 1 Christmas Psalm 147 Praise for God’s Care of Jerusalem Background: This Psalm is one of the final 5 psalms in the canonical psalter. It is the second of the psalms often referred to as the “hallelujah psalms” that serve as a doxology to the previous collection of psalms. Theme: This Psalm […]

Discussion of the Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55) on Dec. 24, 2017

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Dec 24 – Advent 4 Luke 1:46b-55 Mary’s Song of Praise Background: The first two chapters of Luke are known as his Infancy Narrative, for it describes in great detail the conception and childhood of Jesus, often through the eyes of his mother Mary. With her consent (1:38) to be the Mother of Our Lord, […]