Reading Scripture: Mark 4:10-20

Today we learn the purpose of parables in Mark 4:10-20. I love how different even the smallest perceptions are between those who wrote the bible and modern day readers. “When he was alone, those around him with the twelve…” I don’t know about you all, but if I’m with 12+ individuals, I am in no […]

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Reading Scripture: Mark 4: 1-9

And let the parables commence in Mark 4: 1-9. I am definitely starting to notice a pattern with the way Mark has written this gospel. Almost everything for the first three chapters dealt directly with the authority Jesus possessed. Whether it be the authority to speak about scripture, the authority to heal the sick, or […]

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Reading Scripture: Mark 3: 31-35

Today we get to read about Jesus’ true family! Jesus had siblings! Brothers specifically in this case, but the odds of all of his siblings being male as opposed to the odds of the patriarchal society not mentioning sisters suggests he likely had sisters but they weren’t mentioned. One big family! The same family that […]

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Reading Scripture: Mark 3:13-19

Let us all head up a mountain to appoint some apostles in Mark 3: 13-19. For the most part, this is entirely informative, seemingly bereft of deeper meaning other than to tell us who the twelve disciples of Jesus were. There has been much written about the nature of Jesus’ calling, how this is the […]

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Reading Scripture: Mark 3: 1-6

Today’s story is entitled Healing a Withered Hand. More Sabbath talk, let’s see where this takes us. I guess that Jesus, in the previous section, was walking through a field on his way to synagogue on Friday evening. There just happened to be a guy with a withered hand there. To my knowledge, Jews did […]

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