Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48 – The Woman Who Interrupted

| June 23, 2017

There is a woman who interrupts another story. This “interruption” is real in the sense of historically accurate; but it is also symbolic (at least to me). Sometimes interruptions are annoying, and other times life-changing. Jesus is approached by a leader in the synagogue; an important man. She is not important, at least as viewed […]

Mark 1:15 – Repent then Believe?

| April 24, 2017

One of the arguments made against baptism being the “when” one receives God’s grace is that the “order” of Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess, and Baptism is not set in scripture. For example, Mark 1:15 is cited where repent is listed before believe: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent […]

Mark 1; 8,9

| February 3, 2017

In Mark 1, immediately after His Father confesses Jesus, we see Him at His most human. Jesus is in the wilderness, hungry, surrounded by wild animals. When Jesus leaves the wilderness, He casts out a demon. Later in Mark 8-9, immediately after Peter confesses Jesus, we see Him at His most divine. Jesus is on […]

Mark 1:39-45 – The Talmudic Messiah

| January 13, 2017

A written compilation of various Rabbi’s oral traditions is found in the Talmud. The Babylonian Talmud was written down from before the Common Era to 500 years later. I wish I knew the date for the following excerpt because it contrasts with how the Pharisees viewed Jesus as a Messiah, yet matches well the New […]

Mark 4:35-41 – Can We Trust God to Care?

| December 7, 2016

“Don’t you care that we are going to die?” This could be a quote from any time and anyone since suffering and death are as common to this world as complaining. The doubters in the goodness of the Son of God are Jesus’ own disciples (Mark 4:38). The cross accomplishes many goals, one of which […]

Mark 6:14-29 – “Promise Me”

| December 7, 2016

“Promise Me” (Mark 6:14-29) “Pomise me you won’t tell anyone.” That request – actually it is more of a desperate demand – has been said in many sad and serious situations. Because we care we promise. But…. Some of us have been confidants of a poor soul afraid to tell their secret because of abuse […]

Mark 2:23-3:6 – Keep On Reading

| November 8, 2016

Of all Biblical aids, the most helpful is also a huge hindrance: chapters and verses. So when you don’t understand, just keep reading. Biblical writers use stories to explain stories by grouping stories together. Chapter and verse markers break up these helpful hints. In Mark 2:23-28, Jesus’ disciples are picking heads of grain on the […]

Mark 3 – Lord, Liar, Lunatic, Brother

| October 30, 2016

C.S. Lewis famously categorized three possibilities as to what Jesus was: Lord, Liar, or Lunatic. This was because of the claims Jesus made for Himself which belied the choice that he was only a good, moral, human teacher. Amazingly, Mark 3 shows these same three choices in Jesus’ day. In one scene we have demons […]

Mark 3:1-6 – Meaning vs. Rules

| October 24, 2016

Jesus does more than keep the Sabbath. He honors its meaning more than those who simply see it as a rule or law. The Son of Man shows it to be a blessing, and not a burden. Therefore when Jesus healed on the Sabbath, He wasn’t “breaking” the Sabbath; neither was He showing an exception […]

Mk.2:1-12 – The Unthinkable Way

| October 22, 2016

The easy way became impossible. The unthinkable way became the only way. If this doesn’t make sense, it will become clear. As clear as faith.   Some come through the proverbial frontdoor when making a point. Some come through the backdoor. It has been said of me I come through the side window! What hasn’t […]