Exodus 33:17-23: Transfiguration: The Cross Before the Glory

What is glory?  Whatever glory is, rock stars exude its essence, inspiring many a teenager to pick up a guitar or play the drums.  So also top athletes, with an aura of mystery with its drawing power—as long as they are winning.  Earned by their sacrifices, others also hold such an allure.  Do we not […]

2 Corinthians, Lesson 5: The Ministry of Death versus the Ministry of Life

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Paul and Timothy (“we”) just finished saying that what they were doing was from God. They wanted to contrast themselves against false teachers, who were “peddlers of God’s Word” (2 Corinthians 2:17-18). Even more, these “peddlers” were of Jewish origin (2 Corinthians 11:22) who had come into the congregation at Corinth with letters of recommendation. […]