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Bible Q&A: Why Such Praise? (Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9)
Sep02

Bible Q&A: Why Such Praise? (Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9)

The anointing On Tuesday of Passion Week, an unnamed woman poured out a vase of very expensive ointment/perfume on Jesus’ head (see Matt. 26:6-9; Mark 14:3-5). While the anointing of someone’s head could be done with cheaper olive oil, it was a common mark of courtesy to a guest. The value of the anointment indicates this is more than a simple courtesy. In fact, the text indicates that the perfume was worth 300 denarii, nearly a...

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Bible Q&A: Render to Caesar? (Mark 12:13-17)
Jul29

Bible Q&A: Render to Caesar? (Mark 12:13-17)

The question (Mark 12:13-14) On Tuesday of the week Jesus was crucified, tensions between Jesus and the religious authorities were at an all-time high. Some Pharisees and Herodians, typically Jewish sects that could not work together, joined forces to try to trap Jesus and hopefully bring about his arrest. Taxation provided an area of inquiry that leads easily to inflamed rhetoric and enraged tempers in almost any culture. And so, in...

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Bible Q&A: Could Jesus appear in the clouds at any moment?
Apr15

Bible Q&A: Could Jesus appear in the clouds at any moment?

We sometimes want to have our cake and eat it too. On the one hand, we want to proclaim that Jesus could come again at any moment. On the other hand, we like to point to predictions/prophecy that must be fulfilled before Jesus can return. So, which is it? The place to begin is the Olivet Discourse (Mark 13:5-13). Having left the temple after a combative exchange with the religious leaders, Jesus looked back on the temple mount in all...

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Bible Q&A: Is there anything Jesus didn’t know?
Mar26

Bible Q&A: Is there anything Jesus didn’t know?

One of the most difficult sayings of Jesus to understand comes during His address to His disciples on Tuesday of Passion Week, often called the Olivet Discourse. Having left the temple after a contentious exchange with the religious leaders, Jesus looked back on the temple mount in all its glory and said to his disciples, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another—all will be thrown down” (Mark 13:2;...

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Bible Q&A: Do not judge? (Matt. 7:1-5)
Jan15

Bible Q&A: Do not judge? (Matt. 7:1-5)

Having listened to Jesus speak of giving His life for the world (John 6:60), His disciples exclaimed, “This is a hard saying; who can hear it?” This would not be the last time one of Jesus’ followers would express such a sentiment. In fact, there are many sayings of Jesus that fit the description of a “hard saying.” One such saying is found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matt. 7:1, “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.” Jesus’...

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