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In the early years of Christianity, groups such as the Gnostics denied that Jesus physically died on the cross. They were scandalized by the idea of a suffering Messiah, considering such an image to be ill-fitting for their concept of … Continue reading →
In a dizzying move reminiscent of a flashback scene from LOST, Isaiah snaps out of this glorious vision to see the grim reality of the conditions in earthly Jerusalem. And this section runs through the rest of chapter two and … Continue reading →
Sorry it’s been several days since my last post. It’s just been a super busy couple of days. Lev. 9:4, …and an ox and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before ADONAI; also a grain offering mixed with olive … Continue reading →
Luke 16:1-9 Jesus told his disciples, “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your … Continue reading →
In a recent study included in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, children were shown to overwhelmingly prefer the taste of food that comes in McDonald’s wrappers. In the study, preschool children sampled identical foods in packaging from McDonald’s and in … Continue reading →
I was reading through Ecclesiastes tonight and I came across this passage: In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness. … Continue reading →
Reading for Wednesday, July 11: Matthew 23 This chapter has to be one of the most sobering in the entire New Testament. Jesus does not mince words as He issues these woes or curses upon the religious leaders of the … Continue reading →
Reading for Thursday, March 29: Luke 19 In Luke 19, our journey to Jerusalem comes to an end. But not before a final redemption story and parable. The redemption story: Zacchaeus, the wealthy chief tax collector, a known swindler. He … Continue reading →
Reading for Monday, March 26: Luke 16 This chapter begins with a parable that is a bit more difficult to apprehend: the parable of the shrewd manager. It’s important to remember that not every action is commended in every story … Continue reading →
Reading for Monday, March 19: Luke 11 I’m late making today’s post, so I’ll keep it short. By now in Luke’s Gospel, we’re accustomed to the emphasis he places on Jesus’ prayer life. So it’s no surprise that Jesus teaches … Continue reading →