Tag: Mark


15
Apr 2019
Hosanna!  Save Us!

Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,  “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David. Hosanna in the highest heaven.” -Mark 11:9-10   Reflect: What in your life feels like it is pressing down upon you? Are there outside forces? Are there ideas, thoughts, or beliefs within you pressing you down? What forces can you see that are pressing others down? And could there be some you do not see? Reflect: What does rest and......

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27
Feb 2018
A Desolating What?

“But when you see the Desolating Sacrilege set up where it ought not to be…”  -Mark 13:14 Well, that is a sermon that I have not heard preached!!  As a matter of fact, I can’t remember ever hearing this term before.  It struck me pretty hard.  What does this mean?  Why haven’t I paid attention to this before? So, I did a little research and thinking. I first started by exploring the context. This seems to fall in the middle of Jesus’ instructions to his followers about preparing for the end.  He......

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20
Feb 2018
Mark raises questions

I have now finished the first 11 chapters of Mark.  Re-reading the gospel of Mark is leaving me with more questions.   Some points that Mark makes are leaving me confused or wanting to know more.  Some things are standing out to me that I had never paid attention to before.  Here are some of the thoughts and questions I have had over the last few days. Mark’s chronology of events in Jesus’ life are interesting.  Mark seems to jump around. For instance, in Mark 9-10, we go from the Transfiguration to teaching......

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05
Feb 2018
Matthew and Mark

I have just begun the book of Mark.  Whoah!!  The differences between the two gospels stand out immediately.  Have you noticed them as drastically this time, too? Here are a couple of my observations after re-reading the first chapter of Mark. Mark doesn’t have a birth narrative. Mark’s gospel assumes that we have already heard of Jesus.  He does not spend time building up Jesus’ credibility like the gospel of Matthew.   Mark doesn’t spend as much time on details…he gets straight to the point. Because Mark proclaims Jesus’ authority upfront, Jesus jumps......

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