Monthly Archives: June 2014

Hearing and Speaking

Mark 7:31-37 Parallel Text: Matthew 15:29-31 After some days in the region of Tyre, Jesus and the disciples moved on in the direction of Sidon, crossing into modern-day Syria, making their way finally to the eastern shore of the Sea … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: June 25, 2014

I know that if I keep posting pictures from this garden they’ll come for my “man card” (and we can’t have that!) but I really like this one.  I certainly have to put it on the “lucky shot” list!

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Demons, Dogs and Foreign Scenes

Mark 7:24-30 Parallel Text: Matthew 15_21-28 A quick reading of this text will tell us that Jesus heals someone’s daughter, but quick readings don’t always yield the whole story, for there are those times when we are better off slowing … Continue reading

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To Be Defiled

Mark 7:1-23 Parallel Texts: Matthew 15:1-20; John 7:1 This is a great story… we could spend a week going over it piece by piece! A group of Pharisees have come up from Jerusalem and in our first glimpse of them, … Continue reading

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A Stroll on the Lake

Mark 6:45-56 Parallel Texts: Matthew 14:22-36; John 6:15-21 After feeding the five thousand, a murmur went through the crowd: “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”  Jesus knew they were about to seize Him and make … Continue reading

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Feeding the Crowds

Mark 6:30-44 Parallel Texts: Matthew 14:13-21; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-14 Mark jumps back to Jesus and the disciples, who have just returned after their journey through Galilee, giving us the impression that Herod’s musings about who Jesus was had gone … Continue reading

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John Has a Bad Day

Mark 6:14-29 Parallel Texts: Matthew 14:1-12; Luke 9:7-9 The real “meat” in this text is found in verses 14-16, the part most commentators discuss and teach is in 17-29, unfortunately. Thomas Jefferson had a painting of John’s head on the … Continue reading

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Weekly Podcast: June 23, 2014

Let’s Keep it in Context This week’s podcast is all about context. Along with understanding presuppositions, context is the most important element is interpreting and understanding any spoken  or written discourse. This applies to literature, law, scientific writing, politics and … Continue reading

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A Saturday Morning Walk

From East to West and Back Again This morning dawned bright, clear and beautiful in Rock Island, Illinois.  The air was surprisingly cool and dry with a slight breeze and barely a cloud in the sky.  I thought today would … Continue reading

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Unashamed and Uncomplicated

There are times when I wish I could have a dog’s life.  What an easy life they have! They can do pretty much whatever they want, while we kill ourselves working and dealing with the stress of life, they sleep. … Continue reading

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