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Sun, Sep 20, 2020
Passage: Mark 7:14-23
Series: Mark
Duration: 25 mins 13 secs
The next section of Mark's Gospel is connected to what we looked at last week but Jesus drills down on his distinctions. He moves from the Pharisees to the general crowd and then to his disciples who are slow to understand. Most likely so are we and so we will need to look closely and pray for the Spirit-given courage to see the truth about ourselves. Deep stuff, as in deep matters of the heart.
Sun, Sep 13, 2020
Passage: Mark 7:1-12
Series: Mark
Duration: 21 mins 22 secs
This week's passage in Mark moves back to Jesus' conflict with the Pharisees. Issues about hand washing and caring for aging parents. What could be more relevant? But the first issue does not really speak specifically to our time, but does speak to all times and all people. We think about the legalism and ritualism that so attract and so distract from the Gospel. The second is about finding work-arounds to God's Law. Always a danger also.
Sun, Sep 06, 2020
Passage: Mark 6:45-56
Series: Mark
Duration: 17 mins 48 secs
Finishing up Mark 6 today. Jesus sends the disciples ahead, they have a hard time, and then he walks across the water to them. They thought they saw a ghost but seem to have had very little idea what they really were, or should have been, seeing. We'll see. I hope!
Sun, Aug 30, 2020
Passage: Mark 6:30-44
Series: Mark
Duration: 24 mins 46 secs
Mark's account of the feeding of the 5,000 this week.
Sun, Aug 23, 2020
Passage: Mark 6:14-29
Series: Mark
Duration: 23 mins 1 sec
As we noted last week Mark does one of his story tucked inside a story forms. Here he writes of the martyrdom of John the Baptist between the sending and the return of the twelve. We will try to understand why he puts this account here and why the author, who is so famously brief in reporting, slows down and writes with great detail. Both matters are important.
Sun, Aug 16, 2020
Passage: Mark 6:7-13
Series: Mark
Duration: 24 mins 33 secs
This week we move forward a bit in Mark 6. We see the disciples become apostles, that is, going from ones who follow to ones who are sent. Jesus gives them a mission and power and they move out. Implication for today's church? I think so.
Sun, Aug 09, 2020
Passage: Mark 6:1-6
Series: Mark
Duration: 18 mins 17 secs
We will move into the first few verses of Mark 6 this week. Jesus returns home to Nazareth and things do not go well. Good background for thoughts about welcoming or rejecting our Lord before we go to his table.
Sun, Aug 02, 2020
Passage: Mark 5:21-43
Series: Mark
Duration: 27 mins 36 secs
Sun, Jul 26, 2020
Passage: Mark 5:1-20
Series: Mark
Duration: 27 mins 21 secs
We move into Mark 5 this week but continue the miracle stories Mark gathers together. After the storm at sea Jesus and company land and seem to meet up with a very small zombie apocalypse. A short story with tension, confrontations, demons, drowning pigs, and possibly multiple applications. We will try to settle on one - ok maybe two - for this Sunday.
Sun, Jul 19, 2020
Passage: Mark 4:35-41
Series: Mark
Duration: 21 mins 41 secs
This week we finish up Mark 4. This really should be the beginning of chapter 5 as Mark moves from parables to miracles. Remember verse and chapter divisions are not inspired and the old joke was that they must have been done by a Methodist circuit rider on his horse between preaching assignments! Anyway, this week we try to understand some of the importance of Jesus stopping a storm at sea.
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