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Gospel of Mark

How to Vote Like a Christian: Mark 12:28-34

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Voting should be an easy affair: people of faith should vote for the candidates whose policies would most embody a love of God and neighbor. It seems so easy, but it isn't if we are honest with ourselves and gracious toward those who disagree with our political persuasions.

Pigs To The Lake: The Evangelical Exorcism

Morgan Guyton | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

I don't know what theological changes are needed to save American evangelicals, but I really don't think that we're destined to howl in the graveyard forever. The pigs are headed for the lake, and I believe for the first time in my life that the evangelicals are going to make it.

Is It Possible To Govern 'Biblically'? Mark 10:35-45

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

The Bible is neither an operating manual nor a policy book. In all its soaring ideals and unsettling messiness, it reflects to us -- sometimes clearly, sometimes dimly -- what we might find near to God's heart.

Jesus Stands Up For Wives And Children: Mark 10:2-16

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Jesus trys to protect them with a strong prohibition against divorce. Perhaps this sheds new light on the recent discovery of a fourth-century fragment of papyrus which contains the line, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife...'"

WATCH: Jesus’ Death And The Future Of Violence: Mark 9:30-37

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

The question lingers unanswered through time, waiting for us: Is God really OK with something like this? Couldn't God's relinquishment of Jesus be tantamount to moral negligence? Couldn't there be a neater, more peaceful solution?

What I Learned From Drag Queens About The Gospel

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

When it came time for me to preach on one of the hard texts in the Gospel, where Jesus compares a woman begging him for help to a dog, I asked, "Did Jesus just call that woman a bitch?" And then I remembered Latrice Royale.

Was Jesus A Jerk? A Bible Study

David Lose | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Pious readers encountering this question may be shocked or offended. It borders on being disrespectful, even unseemly. Yet that's the question that kept coming to mind as I read the passage many preachers will be dealing with this coming Sunday.

Lip Service, But Where Is the Heart? Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Dirk G. Lange | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Dirk G. Lange

The astonishing (and scary) aspect of religion turned into legal or ritual or cultural (patriotic) observance is that Jesus, as marginalized one, as crucified one outside the city walls, is once again left out of the picture! God is abandoned. There is only lip service.

On Abortion, Rape And Speaking For God

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

I am appalled that those expressing the most disrespectful attitudes toward women tend to do so in the name of God. Well, I have some biblical news for the politicians out there: The people who get to speak for God are called prophets.

Compassion Fatigue: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Rev. Eric C. Shafer | Posted 09.17.2012 | Religion
Rev. Eric C. Shafer

Jesus Christ's compassion does not wear thin, even as he must repeat his saving activity for us again and again as we all fall short of his hopes for us. But like the disciples, we are not Jesus.

What Did Exorcisms Really Mean To Jesus?

Greg Carey | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Jesus, it seems, frees people not only from their individual afflictions but also from social and communal exploitation.

The Downfall Of Giving Into Fear: Mark 6:14-29

Rev. James M. Childs, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Rev. James M. Childs, Ph.D.

John the Baptist gave meaning to the word courage in his unswerving commitment to his mission of truth and promise. Herod Antipas gave meaning to the word fear in his commitment to self-preservation.

No Priority Like Health, No Place Like Home: Mark 6:1-13

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 09.03.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

There is no political promise like prioritizing citizen health and well being. In this home we call the United States of America, we now live under a federal mandate to purchase health insurance. Love it or leave it.

Desperately Seeking Jesus

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

In God's upside down kingdom we're invited, even instructed, to be honest about our weakness. In God's counter-cultural kingdom its always better to be desperate, than deceptive.

Taking Jesus Seriously: Mark 5:21-43

Rev. Dr. Lewis Galloway | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Lewis Galloway

It is a tale within a tale. It begins with a desperate father, a leader of the synagogue, pleading with Jesus to come heal his critically ill daughter. It is no laughing matter.

Lord Of The Storm: Mark 4:35-41

Greg Carey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Mark 4:35-41 has good news for those preoccupied with their own spiritual inadequacy. Life does not depend on whether we have enough faith or not. For many of us, that's a very good thing.

Quieting The Storm: A Reflection On Mark 4:35-41

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 08.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Jesus tells us -- and the storms around us -- "Quiet! Settle down!" The next time you find yourself in the middle of a sudden thunderstorm, hear his words, and trust the one who can command the storm to cease.

The Unforgivable Sin

Greg Carey | Posted 08.15.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

The unforgivable sin certainly hurts other people. We can influence others to reject God's work, and we can curse people who are just beginning to experience grace and freedom. But this sin's primary danger lurks in its capacity to corrupt the self.

What Makes A Family? Mark 3:20-35

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Can only certain kinds of families reflect or promote God's will, as Jesus articulated it in terms of mercy, love, justice, protection, holiness and well-being? Can only certain families express the belonging and solidarity that God desires to share with humanity?

A Snake-handler's Lethal Embrace Of Religious Ecstasy

Jack Levison | Posted 12.06.2012 | Religion
Jack Levison

Snake-handling is senseless, of course. But it's also daring. It's the lure of ecstasy. The rush of religious adrenaline.

Diving Into the Wreck, Admitting Our Wrongs

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

The Fifth Step represents a kind of baptism for people on the journey of recovery. It brings to mind the story in the Gospel of Mark of the baptism of Jesus by John.

Good Friday Christianity

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

It is Mark's shattered and shattering Gospel that demands close Christian attention, before we move up and away from it to the joyous epiphany of Sunday morning. Good Friday Christianity puts the agony in the ecstasy, insisting that there is no other way.

Mark 16:1-8: Beyond Fear And Silence

Barbara Kay Lundblad | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion
Barbara Kay Lundblad

It didn't take long for others to add new endings, endings where Jesus did appear to Mary Magdalene and finally to the 11 disciples. Those endings are usually printed in italics or in brackets in most Bibles.

Mark 14:1-15:47: What Jesus’ Death Tells Us About Ourselves

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Death was more than something for him to endure, just so he could rise again. Jesus' execution forever writes an identity upon him, as indicated in the Gospels' accounts of his resurrection.

Genesis 17:1-7, 5-16 And Mark 8:31-38: God The Game-Changer

Rev. Michael L. Cooper-White, D.D. | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael L. Cooper-White, D.D.

Two short scriptures beckon for our attention as we find ourselves amid this season called Lent.