Matthew & Luke: A Tale of Two Christmases

In most nativity sets, we blend the various Christmas stories together in one big, happy créche–shepherds, angels, wise men, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, manger, and the rest. And rightly so. Each character adds a different flavor to the rich celebration of the coming of the Christ Child. Even the extras that crowd the scene likeContinue reading “Matthew & Luke: A Tale of Two Christmases”

My Undying Love for Matthew’s Gospel

“When one finally reaches the narrative of Christ’s final day beginning in Matthew 26:20, the text has become so thick, so intricately woven together by internal referentiality, Old Testament allusion and typology, and prophetic fulfillment–not to mention the constant background hum of Psalmic chant, that the narrative becomes suffocatingly claustrophobic, like sinking into the bestContinue reading “My Undying Love for Matthew’s Gospel”