Review and Reflect on Mark 10:32-52

At the end of Mark 10, Jesus continues to teach and heal and expand his ministry. The last few posts have looked at how he has dealt with his disciples’ desire to be given positions of prominence and influence in the new Kingdom that Jesus was going to bring. Jesus has placed a child in […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 10:13-16

It seems a little odd that the story about children in Mark 10:13-16 is sandwiched between teaching about divorce and wealth. Jesus welcomed the children and the occasion provided for an illustration. He did the same thing at the end of chapter 9 when the disciples were arguing who would be the greatest in Jesus’ kingdom. Here […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 8:34-38

Read Mark 8:34-38. Wherever Jesus went, crowds gathered to see him perform miracles and to hear him teach, but this time he explains to them, that following him is not a spectator sport. Jesus says if you want to follow me there are two things that need to be done: 1) deny yourself, 2) take […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 7:31-37

Jesus doesn’t seem to find the rest he was hoping for, so he returns again to the area around the Sea of Galilee in Mark 7:31-37. In every miracle that Jesus has performed from the calming of the storm to the raising of the little girl from the dead, there was no incantation, no arm […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 6:7-29

Mark 6:7-13 As Jesus has begun to expand his ministry outside the town of Capernaum he has enlisted the help of his disciples. When Jesus called his first disciple in 1:16-20 he told them that soon they would be fishing for men. He also told them in 3:14-15 that their primary task was to “be with him”. […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 4:35-41

Jesus has just finished teaching about responding to the Gospel in belief and repentance. He has taught how this response relates to those who are inside and outside the Kingdom of God. And lest we forget who this is who is saying these things, there is one final story in the context in Mark 4:35-41. After spending […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 4:1-20

(Another sermon on the Parable of the Sower from 1/26/14 can be heard here.) Other than a few verses here and there, at this point in Mark’s Gospel, we haven’t read much of Jesus’ teaching. Of course we have the general statement in Mark 1:14-15 telling us that the overall theme of his teaching is that the […]

Review and Reflect: Mark 3:20-35

First, read Mark 3:20-35. Jesus and his followers go back home. It’s likely that they went back to Simon’s house in the town of Capernaum. They settle in and get ready to eat for what appears to be the first time in quite a while, and again the crowd finds him. His family has heard […]