Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Temple, The City… The World

Mark 13 Parallel Texts: Matthew 24-25; Luke 21:5-37 From the beginning of the book, Mark has taken us on the Kingdom Tour. He began with John’s announcement that the Kingdom is at hand, and then proceeded with Jesus preaching the … Continue reading

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Very Good News!

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: March 23, 2016

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Jesus Seizes the Initiative

Mark 12:35-37 Parallel Texts: Matthew 22:41-46; Luke 20:41-44 On that fateful Tuesday, Jesus has fought off three waves of attack from Jewish authorities who each peppered Him with questions designed to entrap Him into a mistake they could use as … Continue reading

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Jesus Under Attack: The Third Wave

On that busy Tuesday, Jesus came under assault first by the chief Priest, then by the Pharisees, and now the third wave of attacks, this time from the Sadducees and then the teachers of the law. First, the Sadducees: Mark … Continue reading

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Nakedness as a Metaphor in Scripture: The New Testament

You might have thought after our last post on this subject that it’s all well and good to discuss nakedness in the Old Testament, but we live under the New Testament, and many things changed because of what Jesus has … Continue reading

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Jesus Under Attack, the Second Wave

Mark 12:13-17 Parallel Texts: Matthew 22:15-22; Luke 20:20-26 The second wave began later that same Tuesday. Jesus had already repulsed the attack of the Chief Priest, and this time, the Pharisees and their Herodian allies come at Him. As you … Continue reading

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