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Month: October 2013

Followers

Somehow, I never realized before that the first disciples to join Jesus were all brothers. That’s got to mean something, though I’m not sure what. I went further and made two of the younger brothers disciples of John the Baptist before they leave him for Jesus. (The text only says that two unnamed disciples of…

Blessed are the who?

There are two versions of the Beatitudes, which is fascinating to me. There are many differences between the Gospels that reflect differences in the writers’ outlooks, target audiences, and goals, but none is more striking than these two accounts of a sermon that begins, “Blessed are the poor.” This is not just a case of…