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Gospel of Mark

Mark 1:9-11: The Pleasure Principle

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

We must take stock of the efforts we take to please each other. The state of political affairs should challenge us to rethink what we say for applause and how we feed off of this attention.

Moving The Chains: Mark 12:28-34

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.20.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Worship is essential not only because we recognize who God is but also because it sets the agenda for whom we are called to be.

Visions Of Jesus On The Mountain

Barbara Kay Lundblad | Posted 04.16.2012 | Religion
Barbara Kay Lundblad

What happened on that mountain when Jesus went to pray with Peter, James and John? Why did Jesus' clothing become dazzling white? How could Moses and Elijah be there when they lived so long ago?

Mark 1:40-45: The Inconvenient Truth About Taking Care Of The Poor

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

God suffers some of the effects of human brokenness. In Jesus, God doesn't just come near. God doesn't just lend a hand. God experiences solidarity with those who suffer, taking their place.

Mark 1:21-28: The Need For Authentic Leadership

Rev. Angela Zimmann, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion
Rev. Angela Zimmann, Ph.D.

In our world today, we badly need leaders who not only speak with authority but behave with conviction. It's not enough to talk the talk. You gotta walk the walk as well.

Mark 1:14-20: A Call Worthy Of Their Lives

Greg Carey | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Some people abandon their nets because they hear good news worthy of our lives. Sensing God's kingdom drawing near, they reshape their lives in response to God's call. They drop everything and go another way.

Mark 1:4-11: Does Baptism Make For Better Presidents?

Andy Watts | Posted 03.05.2012 | Religion
Andy Watts

Evangelical Christianity has in the past decades embraced the once forbidden relationship between faith and politics. Some Christians dislike the situation. Others welcome it.

Mark 1:1–8: God Barges Into Our Lives

Michael Joseph Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 01.30.2012 | Religion
Michael Joseph Brown, Ph.D.

When God speaks, often it is outside of the noble confines of the stained-glass edifice. This is what Mark is attempting to tell us: God's movement is often abrupt and unsettling.

Palm Sunday Confusion: Did Jesus Ride On Two Animals Or One?

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Matthew read Zechariah without poetic parallelism but rather as a straightforward narrative. The result: Jesus enters Jerusalem straddling two animals.