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Gospel of Mark

What Happened to Sin

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

People around the world are suffering more now than at any time in my lifetime, and probably much longer. But the peoples of the world, including we who live in and love the United States, have become increasingly permissive and secular.

A Love Fundamentalist: Mark 2:23-3:6

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The great thing about being a love fundamentalist is that the more strictly you abide by your fundamentalism, the greater your freedom. Instead of narrowing your vision, limiting your options or scaling down your scope, love fundamentalism opens whole new worlds of possibilities and promise.

The Resurrection of Jesus

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Millions of people from all parts of the world will celebrate Easter because they, like I, believe what the early Gospel writers wrote about: that Jesus was raised from the dead and life eternal with Jesus in the kingdom of heaven is ours through faith in Jesus. Hallelujah!

Jesus the Strategist: Part II

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

By the time Jesus got to the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Jewish leaders -- the priests, the Pharisees, the Sanhedrin -- were concerned about the large number of people who apparently had joined up with him. Was Jesus about to launch a campaign to anoint himself as the expected Messiah?

Jesus the Strategist: -Part I

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Palm Sunday is only one week away. Have you ever stopped to think about what Jesus did the week before the original Palm Sunday?

Crumbs From the Table? Still Too Much for Gay Christians According to WorldVision

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Those of us who as LGBTQ Christians tried to support World Vision against homophobic backlash with our financial donations cannot follow the example of those we criticized in these last two days.

Snake Handling and the Gospel of Mark

Michael Gilmour | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

This strange early twentieth-century expression of religious faith is not widespread -- confined to a small number of churches in the southeastern United States -- but has its roots in a literal reading of a cluster of biblical metaphors.

Dalmanutha Has Not Been Found -- It Doesn't Exist

Joel L. Watts | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

This is one of the issues we find in modern, "biblical" archaeology: the need to locate everything mentioned in Holy Writ. Scripture is the only place Dalmanutha is mentioned. It is not found in other sources of the time.

Possible Discovery Of Biblical Town Mentioned In Gospel Of Mark

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion

Dalmanutha, a Biblical town described in the Gospel of Mark as the place where Jesus sailed after miraculously multiplying a few loaves and fish to fe...

Scholars and the Gospels

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

There are basically two kinds of scholars: The "scholars' scholar," who concentrates on very advanced levels of research that other scholars understand, and the "laymen's scholar," who focuses on scholarly matters of a less intense nature that the average layperson understands.

Saved By a Superman: Mark 5:21-43

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

I left the movie Man of Steel pleased that the modern version of Superman was actually good but pondered on the depiction of any superhero of any sort could be compared to Jesus. Or is this just plain sacrilege?

African libation practices in the Gospel of Mark

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The African practice of libation had a significant impact on setting forth our understanding of hospitality, tokens of fellowship and respect, for family living and dead, continuity and contact.

Naked Young Man and the Easter Angel in the Gospel of Mark -- Mark 14:51-52

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 05.27.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

"And a young man followed [Jesus], with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked."

Did God Kill Jesus?

Joel L. Watts | Posted 04.26.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

So, the question really remains -- who killed Jesus? If we read the Gospels poorly, as with what is labeled "face value" or "plain sense", we will always have to decide between the three usual culprits: God, the Romans, or the Jewish leaders.

Whose Faith Is In Play?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

One of the most neglected passages in the New Testament is Mark 2:1-12. This story is so rich and powerful, but so little preached about in churches.

A Non-Traditional Advent Story ... From Postmodern Negro

Steve Knight | Posted 02.16.2013 | Religion
Steve Knight

Anthony Smith, a.k.a. Postmodern Negro, talks about the non-traditional Advent story in the Gospel of Mark.

Signs That The End Is Near: Mark 13:1-8

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

For those who believe God's Spirit does work in the world through signs and miracles, tragedies can function as intellectual puzzles, but they should never stop us from responding with heart, head and hands.

The Value of Chump Change: Mark 12:38-44

Greg Carey | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

The widow we encounter in Mark 12:38-44 provides a case study in poverty and oppression. Unable to confront poverty, we have turned her into something safer -- an example of generosity.

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.