Beware the Betraying Lips

Even people who don’t believe in Jesus are familiar with the story (or at least the concept) of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. Peter’s denial of Jesus is also a familiar story to many of us. Both stories are part of today’s Bible reading in Mark 14. During the story of Peter’s denial of Jesus, we…

Giving What You Have

At the end of today’s reading from Mark 12, we find the story of the widow dropping money into the treasury (Mark 12:41-44). We aren’t told if Jesus was the only person who was watching, but I think it’s safe to assume that he wasn’t alone in observing people as they dropped in their offering….

Cleansing the Temple for Worship

Today’s Bible reading from Mark 11 includes Jesus cleansing the Temple (Mark 11:15-17). To understand what’s going on, it helps to get an idea of the general layout of the Temple in the First Century, which was divided into several parts. The High Priest was the only man allowed into the Most Holy Place (Holy…