Why the Nails?

Why wasn't Jesus sacrificed upon a mountain like his ancestor Isaac? Why did Jesus go through the torture and humiliation of crucifixion if his goal was just to pay a hefty price for sins? What was the reason for the Roman nails? Should we be asking more questions about Jesus' cross? And, if feel like …

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 …