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Mark 9:38-41 (42) The disciples get rebuked for rebuking John's remark seems to come out of nowhere. And IMHO, its not entirely clear if this is tied to the previous discussion about 'Who is the greatest?' or if this is an entirely separate pericope, the events of...read more
When the Disciples Don’t Understand, Jesus is Forced into a Powerful Sermon Illustration (Follow Me, part 35)
Mark 9:30-37 Jesus foretells His death again, and answers the question "Who is the greatest?" Jesus and the disciples head back through Galilee, apparently en route to Jerusalem. Jesus is taking some time away from public ministry to teach (didasko) His disciples. He...read more
Mark 9:14-29 Jesus Heals a Desperate Family Jesus and His three closest disciples return from the (literally) mountaintop experience of the Transfiguration, to reunite with the rest of the disciples. Apparently they walk into an ongoing dispute with the scribes. The...read more
I drive my son to school every morning and we have some great conversations on the way (in addition to listening to his favorite music, which is 80s music. YES!). This morning he wanted to talk about the idea of an end-times rapture. He said... Dad, yesterday I was...read more
There are lots of ways to work through the Gospel of Mark. One of the most insightful ways is to see a recurring set of questions that run through the entire narrative. A composite of all of these questions might be something like... "Who is this man?" For instance......read more
Before we jump in here, just a reminder that there are actually five great commission texts (at least) in the Gospels and Acts. This post is about the one in Matthew's gospel. In my post surveying the Greek text of Mat. 28:19-20, I noted that I think Matthew 28:18 is...read more
When you are a continuationist, one of the more bizarre realities that you have to wrestle with is that some of your harshest critics are other Christians. You know, your extended spiritual family. And as the saying goes: "You can pick your friends, but you're stuck...read more
Hebrews 5:2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. (ESV) As humans we are filled with weakness, tempted, sinful. Jesus experienced this same weakness and temptation - "yet without sin" (4:15). By His overcoming of...read more
I was talking with some friends this morning and it brought back a memory I had in Bible college. I remember my first few weeks at the school very well. I was just just beginning to experience what a community driven by the maintenance of rules, standards, and...read more
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