He is the same as He was when He received Mary Magdalene - called Matthew the publican - brought Zacchaeus down from the tree, and made them examples of what His grace could do.
No wonder Jesus preferred the prayer of the publican .
Food was not high on your average publican 's agenda, nor was it high priority for his customers.
People we have recently helped include a single parent with credit card debts and a publican whose business recently collapsed.
Outwardly he was a successful publican , but in reality, the business was falling apart and debts for beer were piling up.
The Licensed Vintners Association, which represents Dublin publicans , refused to comment.
The Government is currently consulting on the proposed fees that publicans and event organisers would have to pay to allow public entertainment to take place and to sell alcohol.
The drinks industry and publicans have made a guarded response to the moves, insisting they already support the drive to encourage more responsible drinking.
A meeting was held on Wednesday to discuss plans to enlist the support of publicans and night club bosses to make late-night Bedford a safer place.
A group of publicans in the town are today applying for an extension of their licences to allow them to open until 2am.