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Jesus and the "Gotcha" Question Matthew 22:15-22

Jesus and the "Gotcha" Question

Sidestepping loaded questions is often the Christian thing to do.

At a Glance

Chip and Joanna Gaines, the popular couple who are the stars of the HGTV series Fixer Upper, a home-remodeling show, attend a church that does not support same-sex marriage and views homosexuality as a sin. The Gaineses have never commented on air about LGBT people, same-sex marriage or their religion, and many of the reader responses to a BuzzFeed article took issue with the media company's motives in reporting the church connection, some describing it as a "witch hunt." We use this story as a starting point to highlight how Jesus reacted when baited to betray a cultural or religious tradition.


Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Two Little Words," October 16, 2011, at HomileticsOnline.com.


It wasn't exactly a "gotcha" question, but it was certainly a "gotcha" moment.

Last November, BuzzFeed, an entertainment and social news website, reported that Chip and Joanna Gaines, the popular couple who are the stars of the HGTV series Fixer Upper, a...











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