From 249–263, a pandemic of uncertain origins ravaged the Roman empire. At its worst, the plague killed five thousand people in Rome in a single day. The city of Alexandria had for some time been suffering from famine and desperate citizens had resorted to violence
Jesus was never afraid to speak the truth or do what was right, even if it meant offending people. On Friday, we saw that he was invited to a banquet at a leading Pharisee’s house (Luke 14:1–6), where he immediately offended the religious leaders by
Randy Schwantz’s 2005 book, How to Get Your Competition Fired, proposes a six-step plan to drive a wedge between your competition and your customer, which will lead to you receiving the opportunities on which your competition loses out. It’s a deliberate ploy to get ahead.
As you read the New Testament, it seems that the Jewish religious leaders prided themselves on at least four pillars. First, they were careful to separate themselves from foreigners, heretics, and public sinners. Second, they strictly observed the Sabbath. Third, they ferociously guarded the temple