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 +
Aug 8, 2014

The Widow’s Mite

Mark 12:35-44
On January 12, 2010, the people of Haiti were in dire straits as a result of a major earthquake that rocked their nation. As often happens in a tragedy like this, the American people responded to the Haitian crisis with open hearts and open wallets. Many stars gave substantial personal...Read more +
Aug 7, 2014

Love Your Neighbor

Mark 12:28-34
When Jesus was asked by one of the Jewish theologians which was the greatest commandment of all, he began by quoting a crucial passage from the Jewish law: "Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. And you must love the LORD your God with...Read more +
Aug 6, 2014

Loving God with Your Mind

Mark 12:28-34
In the days before his crucifixion, Jesus was in the courts of the Temple in Jerusalem, teaching the people. One of the Jewish religious teachers asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” (12:28). This kind of question was common among Jewish theologians, and Jesus seemed ready...Read more +
Aug 5, 2014

What Belongs to God?

Mark 12:13-27
As Jesus spent time in the Temple courts in the days before his death, some of the Jewish leaders were trying to find a way to have him arrested or even killed. Several came to him with a trick question about taxation. It was a trick because, no matter how...Read more +
Aug 4, 2014

The Foolishness of the Father?

Mark 12:1-12
Jesus told the so-called Parable of the Wicked Tenants to indict those among the Jewish people who had persistently rejected God’s redemptive agents. They had spurned the prophets and soon would do the same with God’s own Son. Thus, it’s not surprising to see that many Jewish religious leaders wanted...Read more +
Aug 3, 2014

Every Platform an Altar

John 3:30
Matthew 20:26 “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” When that plucky Jennifer Lawrence kid in her festooning white gown trips trying to get up on that platform to get her Oscar—the world falls in love a bit more for her stumbling, blessed humanity. Because, really...Read more +