Joshua Gibbs Jul 8, 2015

When I first began discussing the question of  eschatology with friends ten years ago, a particular passage of Scripture arose numerous times which more or less foiled every side of every argument:

The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.

­­-Matthew 26:24

Brian Phillips May 22, 2014

In recent months, I have done some extensive study and teaching in the gospel of Matthew, a fascinating journey which produced a slew of articles, sermons, and posts (a couple of which are previously posted on the CiRCE blog here and here), mainly addressing the structure, types, and patterns in the gospel.  Here I offer one more.    

Brian Phillips Mar 19, 2014

The Bookends

Several months ago, I posted an article that introduced the subject of patterns and types in St. Matthew’s gospel.  Particularly, I pointed out how Matthew portrays Jesus as the beginning and the end, the fulfillment of all God’s promises.  You can read part one here, if you like. 

Joshua Leland Jan 30, 2014

Reading is really quite mysterious. We take it for granted, but the fact that a series of scrawled symbols and shapes stained on a piece of paper can transport us into the mind of another human being is rather magical. But I've also become aware that there are different kinds of reading, or different ways of reading.

Brian Phillips Apr 25, 2013

St. Matthew composed his gospel primarily for the Jews of his day.  In all likelihood, Matthew was a despised man.  He was a tax collector (Matt. 9:9), which garnered as much admiration then as now.  Both his Greek name (Matthew, which means “gift of Jehovah”) and his Hebrew name, Levi (Mark 2:13-14, Luke 5:27-28) rooted him in Jewish heritage.  Yet, there he was, a Jew working for the Roman government.