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Matthew’s Genealogy Like You’ve Never Heard It Before

In this video performance from The Gospel Coalition’s ‘Songs of Hope’ Advent concert (which premiered Dec. 6, 2020), Poor Bishop Hooper performs their song “Christ”—a beautiful take on the genealogy of Jesus recorded in Matthew’s Gospel (1:1–17). The song is from Poor Bishop Hooper’s Advent project, Firstborn, which includes music, illustrations, videos, and writing—including a 48-page study on the lineage of Jesus. Why is the genealogy in Matthew’s Gospel important? Here’s what Tim Keller said in a 2016 interview with TGC: Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus does a lot of work. First, it roots Jesus in history. The gospel doesn’t begin...

Well, it isn’t about Christianity; it’s about Islam. I think every Christian should read the Quran. Oxford University Press has an inexpensive paperback edition. I recommend you buy it and read it.

And read it with these questions in mind:

  • According to the Quran, whom does God love?
  • Whom does God favor?
  • How does one qualify for the favor, and blessing, and grace of God?

And then compare that message with the Bible. It’s eye-opening.