Mark 3:1-6 “Those Who See Are Blind” – #17 in the Discipleship Series in Mark

"Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus …

The Coast Guard

When people become Christians they are often given a picture of the Christian life as being a Disney cruise liner. "Everything from now on will be smooth sailing, sunshine, beautiful sunsets, and waking up to ocean views." Who would not find this depiction appealing? Yet, this isn't the picture Jesus seems to paint of the …

Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #9 (House Rules)

The “indebtedness code” is something that was being dealt with by Jesus head on. Like a casino, the purity traditions and debt laws of the priestly class forced the Israelites into classes of people. There were the wealthy and powerful elites like the Pharisees and there were the poor like we begin seeing early on …

Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #10 (House Rules 2)

What does a casino have to do with Jesus? And, can we compare worshipers to gamblers? …Go ahead, read on. You can tell if me if I’m way off here and I’ll acknowledge it. Common knowledge tells us that casinos have a rigged system so they always come out ahead financially. They’re businesses, not charities. …

Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #8 (Avoiding the Security Cameras?)

21 was a 2008 movie inspired by the MIT Blackjack Team. If I remember the story well enough the members of the team were legally counting cards in casinos and winning. Now, this is just one more post on the internet using a bit of that story. In other words, if the team was never …

Discipleship Series: “What Does Mark Say?” – #7 (I Love You. I’m Proud Of You. Again)

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; 11and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” 12Immediately …