Tag Archives: Mark

#4: Everything is Possible

This one is from July 2, 2014:   Mark 9:14-29 Parallel Texts:  Matthew 17:14-20; Luke 9:37-43 When Jesus, Peter, James and John returned to the other disciples after the transfiguration, there was a dispute in progress; the teachers of the … Continue reading

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A Few Final Thoughts on Mark

I didn’t want our tour through the gospel of Mark to end; I was having too much fun. But alas, there are only 16 chapters. You might have noticed that there are more verses in chapter 16 than I have … Continue reading

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The Kingdom Comes

Mark 16:1-8 Parallel Texts: Matthew  28:1-8; Luke 24:1-8, 12; John 20:1-10 When Jesus was born in that manger in Bethlehem nobody would have noticed, but God sent choruses of angels out to the fields and they were seen by the … Continue reading

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The Moment They’ve Been Waiting For!

Mark 15:24-32 Parallel Texts: Matthew 27:31-44; Luke 23:26-43; John 19:17-27 All those sleepless nights, the opportunities missed, the embarrassments in public, the plots, the cabals, the treachery… all of it had come to fruition for the loving and righteous men … Continue reading

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Roman “Justice” on Display

Mark 15:1-20 Parallel Texts: Matthew 27:11-30; Luke 23:2-25; John 18:28-19:16 As usual, Mark is pithy, and a more complete version is available in the other accounts. The main thing that Mark conveys about this whole situation of Jesus before Pilate … Continue reading

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Looking for an Excuse

There’s an old saying about excuses. OK, well maybe it isn’t all that old, but it’s a pretty good one, at least I think it is a good one. True it isn’t famous or anything… fine, you got me, but … Continue reading

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Final Hours Together

Mark briefly describes the time Jesus spent with the disciples after their last meal together, quite a contrast with the several chapters John gave to the  “Farewell Discourse.” Mark breaks this into three short scenes: Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial Mark … Continue reading

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Incident in Bethany

Mark 14:1-11 Parallel Texts: Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16; Luke 22:1-6; John 12:2-8 This scene takes place on Tuesday night, Wednesday morning by the Jewish reckoning, in Jerusalem and Bethany. In Jerusalem, the Jewish authorities scheme and plot their knavish plans; they … Continue reading

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The Temple, The City… The World

Mark 13 Parallel Texts: Matthew 24-25; Luke 21:5-37 At this juncture I’m faced with a challenge, for up to this now I have stuck with teaching and commenting on Mark’s gospel without jumping to the parallel accounts to expand on … Continue reading

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Very Good News!

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small … Continue reading

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