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Mark 9:42-50 Temptations to Sin and the Demands of the Kingdom [NOTE: from our last entry in this series, that William Lane included v. 42 with the previous section beginning at v. 38. I have chosen to include it also here, treating it as at the beginning of the...read more
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
It really is a new, modern, and entirely progressive idea to consider the Christian label “conservative” as a word having anything to do with the practical, moral, or political distillations of a person's theology. There has been a ton of ink spilled on the...read more
The morning began much like any other: the smell of fresh-brewed coffee, the sun peeking over the mountains to the east, the calm reflective time before the day began in earnest. Was he awake, or had he dozed off again? Which is another way of asking: "Was it a...read more
Throughout the 2,000 year history of the Church, the subject of baptism has produced a wide variety of approaches. It is essentially impossible to suggest that the Church has a monolithic approach to the topic because history proves otherwise. And while baptismal...read more
I live in Hardin, Montana. That is a long way from the shooting incident that took place in Minnesota (not just in a geographical sense). When I read the reports and saw the video my heart was broken. It involved a routine traffic stop of a normal man driving a normal...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
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