How could Jesus proclaim good news in the face of such evil? For the same reason Jesus could continue to proclaim the good news from God while John faced an unjust penal system. Betrayal, imprisonment, and death do not impede the kingdom of God.… Read More Good News in the Face of Injustice
Jesus has been given divine authority as the son of God, yet he is still a free human agent. This is the incarnate contradiction. How can God be a human?… Read More The Incarnate Contradiction
As we turn to the first few verses of Mark, I find myself wondering if John the Baptist was an ancient version of a modern-day influencer like Oprah? For those of us who come to the New Testament to learn about Jesus, we wonder why we are reading about John? Why is John special? John was special because like Oprah, he genuinely wanted to see people change. Mark uses the word repentance to describe John’s message. Repentance is a change of heart that leads to a change of behavior. John’s message not only altered the lives of thousands, he had that special “effect,” like Oprah, to pass authoritative endorsement on to Jesus. John’s message prepared people’s hearts for Jesus, and his support lent Jesus his own influence. Let’s see what Mark has to say about John the Baptist. … Read More The “John Effect”
Jesus literally fed the hungry, healed the sick, brought the booze to the party, released those in captivity to evil and had the power to overcome death itself. Mark’s story gives us a glimpse of how good a world ruled by God can be.… Read More Is Jesus Good News?
Mark calls the believer and the unbeliever alike to examine what we know about Jesus and to wrestle with what it means for our lives today. The dissonant gospel of Mark might just hold the answer to figuring out the paradoxes of our own lives. Will you join me each Monday in the dissonant gospel of Mark?… Read More An Intro to Mondays in Mark