Jul 25, 2014

The Serving Son of Man

Mark 10:35-45
In the verses prior to Mark 10:45, James and John had approached Jesus in order to be guaranteed positions of influence and honor in his kingdom. When the other disciples heard what the two brothers had asked, they were angry. In response, Jesus instructed them about the countercultural nature of...Read more +
Jul 24, 2014

Servant Leadership

Mark 10:35-45
James and John had come to Jesus asking to share in his glory by sitting on his right and left hand (10:37). In such positions, they would receive both honor and exceptional authority. After Jesus explained to the brothers that they really had no idea what they were asking, the...Read more +
Jul 23, 2014

Speaking Freely with Jesus

Mark 10:35-45
In the closing verses of Mark 10, James and John, two brothers who followed Jesus, don’t look so good. In Mark 10:33-34, Jesus had predicted that he, as the Son of Man, would be tortured and killed and then rise again. In the next verse, James and John approached Jesus...Read more +
Jul 22, 2014

A Surprising Return on Your Investment

Mark 10:28-34
In Mark 10:25, Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God. This distressed his disciples, who wondered who could be saved. When Jesus said that everything is possible with God,...Read more +
Jul 21, 2014

A Call to Sacrificial Generosity

Mark 10:17-27
Mark 10:17-27 is one of those passages in the Gospels that makes most of us terribly uncomfortable. Like the man who asked Jesus how he might inherit eternal life, we also have “many possessions” (10:22). And if we’re honest with ourselves, we would not want to hear from Jesus what...Read more +
Jul 18, 2014

The Priority of Children

Mark 10:13-16
This story from Mark begins with parents bringing their children to Jesus so that he might touch and bless them. But the disciples of Jesus, figuring that he had more important things to do, told the parents to take their children away. Jesus, seeing what his disciples were doing, became...Read more +
Jul 17, 2014

The Priority of Marriage

Mark 10:1-12
This passage from Mark’s gospel deals with the issues of divorce and marriage. The conversation began with some Pharisees asking Jesus a question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?” (10:2). It’s like they were trying to draw Jesus into a debate about the appropriate grounds for divorce...Read more +
Jul 16, 2014

Sin Matters

Mark 9:38-50
This passage from Mark focuses on sin and its significance. Using a variety of striking images, Jesus repeatedly emphasized just how bad sin is. For example, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into...Read more +
Jul 15, 2014

If First, Then Last

Mark 9:30-37
Have you ever been caught red-handed? I think of a time when, as a boy, I was playing baseball in the backyard. My dad told me to stop because I might break something. After he left, I told my friend Danny to throw one more pitch in my direction. He...Read more +
Jul 14, 2014

Honest Unbelief

Mark 9:14-29
Upon their return from the mountain where Jesus had been transfigured, he and his companions came upon a large crowd. At the center were the rest of Jesus' disciples, who were arguing with some Jewish scholars. Jesus asked why they were arguing. A man spoke up, explaining that he had...Read more +