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Gospel of Mark

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.

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.