Reading Scripture: Mark 6: 45-52

This story of Jesus walking on water makes me wonder if he would be able to enjoy slip-and-slides. There are a few strange things about this opening sentence. First of all, no one is quite sure where Bethsaida is, or if there were one or two towns because there are some contradictions and confusion over…

Reading Scripture: Mark 6: 30-44

Whew, another long tale when Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand. So, random side story aside, this is a logical place to continue from verse 13. Jesus sent them out, and they came back and wanted to talk about what they had done. Apparently, Jesus’ building was a busy place, his popularity haveing grown greatly because…

Reading Scripture: Mark 6: 21-29

Today we continue the Herodian Inception in Mark 6:21-29. A suitable day. What a strange way to describe the day a man was going to die. Suitable for Herodias, but not for John! Also, the shift in the mood here suggests that while the previous sections were Mark’s own recollections, this tale is likely being…

Reading Scripture: Mark 6:14-20

Today we decide to talk about Herod for some reason in The Death of John The Baptist. Mark, the king of segues here. I feel like this section deserves at least, a, “Meanwhile in Jerusalem…” Anyway, let’s move on through the awkward transition to this story. I wonder why Mark is bringing this up! This entire…

Reading Scripture: Mark 6: 7-13

Jesus practices being Noah today while Sending Out the Twelve Apostles. I say this because of the phrase, “send them out two by two.” Why does Jesus send them out in pairs? I think it’s intimately related to his understanding of OT law and Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. I mean, seriously, the passage is simply a list of…

Reading Scripture: Mark 6:1-6

Today we explore the limitation of Jesus’ power during his Rejection at Nazareth. Jesus went home, to Nazareth, about 20 miles southwest of Capernaum. This town is estimated to have been about 400 people in all, and nearby enough to two other larger, Grecian cities that it would have been considered a backwater town. Considering the…

The Purposeful Message of Mark

Over the last few weeks, I have been working hard to give you a glimpse into what I see when I read scripture. Specifically, I have just finished with the first 5 chapters of the Gospel of Mark. I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about patterns that I have noticed about what Mark…

Reading Scripture: Mark 5:25-34

Today we backstep a little to learn about a hemorrhaging woman in Mark 5:25-34. I cannot do true justice to the beauty that has been revealed about this story by a somewhat controversial figure named Rob Bell. Regardless of what you think of the man himself, I encourage you to listen to his words concerning…

Reading Scripture: Mark 5:21-24,35-43

Okay, so why two sections of text? Why am I skipping part of the story? Because there is so much here, I need more than one blog to talk about it all. So, over the next couple of blogs, I will not only discuss the skipped story, but also the connections between all of the…

Reading Scripture: Mark 5: 1-20

We begin with a long story in Mark 5 entitled Healing of a Demoniac. So, Jesus has left the land of the Jews and entered into the land of Gentiles, will he do things differently here? Well, apparently upon landing, a man with an unclean spirit just pops out the tombs as if called by Jesus’…

Reading Scripture: Mark 4:35-41

Today we move beyond the parables wth the stilling of a storm in Mark 4:35-41. I imagine that this story is not the beginning of the next chapter due to Mark’s connections of everything with, “immediately” or “then this happened.” I wonder why after using the term sea to reference the Sea of Galilee all…

Reading Scripture: Mark 4:30-34

Time to put your glasses on and look at the tiniest seed in the world in The Parable of the Mustard Seed in Mark 4:30-34. To what can we compare the kingdom of God? You mean besides the previously mentioned things to which the kingdom of God was compared? It is like a mustard seed!…