Aug 20, 2014

Jesus Answered the High Priest

Mark 14:41-65
After Jesus was arrested, he was taken to the home of the high priest in Jerusalem. There, many accused him, but Jesus remained silent. Finally, the high priest asked him directly: “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” (14:61). Jesus finally spoke, saying, “I AM. And you...Read more +
Aug 19, 2014

A Time to Be Quiet and a Time to Speak

Mark 14:41-65
After Jesus was arrested, he was taken to the home of the high priest, where he was interrogated by Jewish leaders from Jerusalem. Many witnesses offered testimony against Jesus, but their stories were not sufficient to condemn him. As he was being accused, Jesus remained silent. After a while, the...Read more +
Aug 18, 2014

The Most Unexpected Prayer

Mark 14:27-42
Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane is, in my opinion, the most unexpected prayer . . . ever. There is no prayer in Scripture that surprises us more than this one. And no prayer ever prayed startles us more than this one. Throughout the latter half of Mark’s Gospel,...Read more +
Aug 17, 2014

Hospitality Without Labels

Philippians 3:20-21
Recently, I was asked what I like the most about my favorite travel destinations. Without hesitation I replied, “I enjoy visiting these big cities the most because I don’t feel like a tourist.” In my favorite travel destinations, I am comfortable with the public transportation, I can blend in while...Read more +
Aug 15, 2014

The Last Supper and the Future

Mark 14:12-26
Almost all Christians remember the events of the Last Supper and reenact those events on a regular basis. Some of us call this “Communion.” Others call it the “Eucharist” or the “Lord’s Supper” or the “Mass.” But no matter the differences in name or theological understanding, all Christians understand that...Read more +
Aug 14, 2014

Are the Poor With Us?

Mark 14:1-11
I want to pause one more day to reflect upon Mark 14:1-11. Yesterday I focused on the costly sacrifice of the woman who anointed Jesus with costly perfume. Today, I want to draw our attention to something Jesus said in response to this generous act. As the woman anointed Jesus,...Read more +
Aug 13, 2014

Giving Our Best to the Lord

Mark 14:1-11
In the days before his passion, Jesus took a break from teaching in the Temple of Jerusalem in order to spend some time with his followers and friends in Bethany, which was a little more than a mile from Jerusalem. As he was eating, a strange and unexpected thing happened...Read more +
Aug 12, 2014

A Startling Admission

Mark 13:12-37
Mark 13:32 is one of the most shocking verses in all of Scripture. At least it shocked me when, as a young man, I first read it. I had grown up in a Christian community that held Jesus in the highest esteem. We believed that he was “fully divine.” The...Read more +
Aug 11, 2014

The Spirit Will Help You Speak

Mark 13:1-11
Mark 13 is sometimes called “The Olivet Discourse” because Jesus delivered it on the Mount of Olives (13:3). Others call this chapter Jesus’ “Apocalyptic Discourse” because it reveals what will happen in the end times. (The word “apocalyptic” comes from a Greek word that means “uncovered” or “revealed.”) In those...Read more +
Aug 9, 2014

Does Jesus Need You to Make Him Famous?

Matthew 10:5-8
Platform Building vs. Kingdom Building Some guy with a beard and a fading plaid shirt tells me that he’s all about building his life around making Jesus famous. And I carry his words around like a stone caught in a gullet, like it wants to make something hard digestible. It’s...Read more +