Our best friends’ daughter, Abigail Saltz, suffers from SMA and is getting a motorized chair. The chair is a huge blessing, as it will allow Abigail much greater mobility than she has had in the past. Insurance is covering the chair, but the family needs a full-sized van in order to accommodate it. Please consider donating to this worthy cause to help them afford a van.
I have been taking the family traveling this summer and have put the blog on pause during that time. As the summer break comes to a close, I’ll be back with more essays and sermons on the good news of Jesus. Thanks for following, and God bless your summer.
We introduce the major figures of the post-exile before we jump into studying the prophets of the post-exile (Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi).
Luke’s account of the institution of the Lord’s Supper is bookended with talk of betrayal. We contrast Jesus’ two betrayers, Judas and Peter, and what they teach us about sin and restoration.
To the people of Jesus’ day, Herod’s lavish temple looked like a fulfillment of God’s promises. Yet the same principle holds true for Herod’s temple as it did for Solomon’s: no amount of gold or precious stones will save a people from wickedness. Inside the temple, we see rich men giving lavish gifts. Over and against these rich flatterers, over and against the scribes, over and against the ostentation of Herod’s temple, Jesus holds up a poor widow as an exemplar of true sacrifice.