Embracing Discomfort (Matthew 15:3-11)

Matthew L. Erickson

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 4/1/2018

Paired Article (Face to Face): Embracing Discomfort (Matthew 15:3-11)

Issue: 1968 (Vol. 38, No 2, Spring, 2018)

In the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus is often in conflict with the religious leaders of his day over questions of laws, observances, and rituals—religious things of deep comfort to the leaders. Without rejecting these things out of hand, Jesus wants our communities to focus first on the people around us, not our religious systems for their own sake.

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