Aug 22, 2014

Jesus Takes Up His Cross

Mark 15:20
Jesus had said this would happen. For quite some time, he had predicted his suffering and death. The first time came right after Peter confessed him to be the Messiah. Jesus responded: “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes,...Read more +
Aug 21, 2014

Doing the Unthinkable

Mark 14:66-72
Only a few verses earlier in Mark 14, Jesus told his disciples that they would desert him (14:27). When Peter emphatically denied that he would do this, Jesus told him that “this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.” In...Read more +
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 16, 2014

One Way to Avoid High Turnover

1 Corinthians 12:4-6
First, a few stats: 53% of Americans—and 72% of graduating university students—say having a job where they can make an impact is essential to their happiness. (2012 Net Impact study) 75% of Americans are looking for ways to live a more meaningful life. (Barna Group) 63% of churched adults say...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 +