Author Archives: jwm

About jwm

I serve as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Newberg, Oregon.

Baptized into His Death

A baptism is a time for rejoicing. A child may not understand what is going on, but his parents realize that this is not just about him or them, it is first of all God marking his people as belonging … Continue reading

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Vote for One of the Above

Marking your ballot can be challenging, especially when differences are not clear cut. Though there was no written ballot, look at Matthew 27:15–26 and the choices that Pilate put before the people for a voice vote. This is a vote … Continue reading

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Your Silent King

When false accusations are made, the natural reaction is to respond and deny. But Matthew 27:11–14 tells you that Jesus, before Pilate, was silent. He did tell Pilate he was King, but in the face of false accusations, he was … Continue reading

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Passover Reversed and Fulfilled

The Passover Feast was a joyful celebration, recalling Israel’s deliverance from the oppression of Egypt. It was also a solemn event, in which the blood of the sacrificed lamb pictured the passing over of God’s judgment on the sins of … Continue reading

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Denial

Do you recognize that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach that tells you you have been deserted by someone whom you should have been able to depend on? The focus of Matthew’s account in 26:69–75, is not Peter, … Continue reading

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