The Publican and the Pessimist

This week brings us not just one, but two disciples for discussion:  Matthew and Thomas.

As you read through this week’s assignment, Chapter 8 of our study, two passages from scripture may guide your focus.

First, with respect to Matthew, the despised tax-collector, the scribes and pharisees question Jesus after attending a gathering arranged by Matthew that included other tax collectors and sinners.

“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” (they said to Jesus).

Jesus replies, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”  LUKE 5:29-32

And for Thomas, aka “doubting Thomas”….the says early on in scripture:

“Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples: ‘Let us also go, that we may die with Him.’ ” JOHN 11:16

Jonathan Smith leads us this week in our discussions about the transformations of both Matthew and Thomas.

As always, please gather at the Cornwell Center starting at 7:30 am.  Jonathan kicks things off at 7:45 am.


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