Jesus said “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” It seems that Jesus was warning about both religious and secular snares. Watch out for both the hypocrisy and pride of religion and the destructive lusts of the world. Both of these appeal to the flesh rather than the Spirit. … Continue reading Thoughts on Mark Chapter 8
Preaching of John the Baptist The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, Who will prepare Your way; The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight.’” John … Continue reading Read Through the Bible – Day #29 – Mark Chapter 1
Well, we've made it through our first book in our Read Through the Bible journey! Next up: the gospel of Mark. The exciting thing about rereading the gospel story in Mark - just after reading it in Matthew - is that we get to compare the perspectives and accounts right away. We can juxtapose those … Continue reading Read Through the Bible – A Few Words About Mark
A follow-up to "You Have a Gift"
Last night, I stopped at a gas station after church (my service meets in the afternoon). I walked inside to pay with cash, then returned to the car. And this man - about my height - on the other side of the gas pump starts talking to me. "Um...ma'am?" I can feel myself tensing up. … Continue reading Fearless Stranger