Are You a Stumbling Block?

Jesus calls Peter a stumbling block in Matthew 16:23. This is the Greek noun "skandalon." What does he mean? Further investigation reveals that Matthew uses this word three times as well as the corresponding verb, "skandalizo," eleven times in his gospel.

Jesus is Coming to Judge the Ungodly

“This is your trunk. These are your gowns. Lady Catherine will never know,” Elizabeth Bennet said to Maria Lucas in the 1995 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Upon hearing the great lady’s “directions as to the best method of packing,” Maria began a frantic redo of her trunk. Elizabeth sought to convince her that how she folded her gowns was her own private affair. Elizabeth Bennet’s words ring in my ear, tempting me to abandon my study of Jude’s letter and the writing of this post. "This is your study. These are your thoughts. No one need ever know!"