In what way does Jesus ‘welcome’ sinners?

When I was a teenager, one of the books I treasured was William Barclay’s New Testament Words. It was a collection of word studies—with an impressive Scrabble-style tiling of Greek words on the cover—though the words were not necessarily the most common, obvious, or theologically weighty terms. But it was my first introduction to the Greek … Continue Reading

Why do Matthew and Luke offer us different nativity stories?

James Bejon offers this fascinating exploration of the differences between Matthew and Luke. For a discussion of the historical issues in Luke’s nativity narrative, see this article. As Christians, most of us are familiar with harmonised versions of the NT’s birth narratives. We see them acted out each year in Nativity plays (if we subject … Continue Reading