The Right to Bear Arms

In the story of Scripture, several times God takes action in history on behalf of his people for his own glory. One of the ways the Bible describes this action is with ideas like God stretching out his hand or God bearing his arm. From Exodus to the Prophets to the resurrection of Jesus, God […]

Readings for Easter Week – Sunday

Here is the series of passages to read through this week leading up to Easter. The passages can be read on Biblegateway.com by clicking on the link. Monday: John 13 Tuesday: John 15 Wednesday: John 17 Thursday: John 19 Friday: Luke 23 Saturday: Mark 15 Sunday: Matthew 28, Luke 24, John 20-21

Review and Reflect on Mark 15:40-16:8 – Jesus died and rose again.

Mark 15:40-16:2 is the story of Jesus’ death on the cross. Compared to the other Gospels, Mark presents a brief account. In this passage, he mentions several people by name. One of the first questions I have when I read this is, Where did these people come from? They are not mentioned anywhere before in the book, and […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 15:16-39 – The King has come and although he was dead now he is alive.

When the soldiers who are responsible to crucify Jesus take him into custody, they reject and abuse him. The Roman soldiers were more than happy to be able to abuse a Jewish man on this day. There was a strained relationship between Jews and Romans, and the soldiers expressed their feelings of racism and disdain for Jews […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 12:18-27 – Jesus speaks on temporal marriage and eternal life.

On one occasion, Jesus was questioned by a group of religious leaders known as the Sadducees. Generally, this group was made up of influential and wealthy people. Some of their beliefs included holding only the first five books of Moses as their authority and not regarding what we would call the rest of the Old Testament as […]

Small Group Recap for the week of 9.9.12

This week in Small Groups at SCC, we took a look at 1 Thessalonians 1. Take a moment to read it, and reflect on these questions. Feel free to discuss what your group talked about in the comment section. Context: The Apostle Paul is writing this letter to a church in the Greek (Macedonian) city of […]

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 […]