In my previous blog, I wrote about Luke's infancy narrative. Now I want to say a few words about Matthew's. As before, the goal is to focus on Matthew's core message about the birth of Jesus.
The Christmas season is upon us with the many traditions, events, and emotions of the season. In all of it, I hope we take some time to ponder the reason for the season, which is to celebrate the birth of a small baby in Bethlehem.
In Matthew's gospel, Jesus gave his final public teachings in chapters 21 through 23, shortly after arriving in Jerusalem just ahead of the Passover celebration. Matthew structured these teachings as three parables of judgment followed by four interactions. These seven pericopes represent a perfect final public engagement before turning his time solely to his disciples.
A testimony in the spiritual sense is the sum of the things we have seen, heard, felt, or otherwise experienced. It is our witness of how God has been active in our lives.
For many years after the Book of Mormon first appeared in 1830, many read it with the idea that Lehi and his group were the only ones on the American continents. Of course, there were the Jaredites, but Ether's record seemed to indicate to them that those people were all destroyed not long after Lehi … Continue reading They Were Not Alone: The Book of Mormon and Others
How the various accounts of the First Vision enhance our understanding of that event.
Over the years, I have heard more people ask questions about the Book of Abraham than any other of Joseph Smith's scriptures. For many, it's the first 'critical' thing they run into. But the critics are very dishonest here in their approaches. Because of this, those struggling with Abraham are caught up asking the wrong … Continue reading The Book of Abraham