The Classic Christmas: Expecting consolation and redemption

At Christmastime children are overwhelmed with expectation. The soundtrack for the childhood Christmases of many was the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas record. The Chipmunks hit was “Christmas don’t be late”. One of the lines in the song is, “we’ve been good, but we can’t last, hurry Christmas hurry fast” and another line is, “we can hardly stand […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 11:12-26; The Barren Temple illustrated by the Withered Tree.

Amid the cheers of the crowd, riding on a colt, Jesus displayed himself as Israel’s King. Everything about what Jesus was doing was showing how he fulfills God’s promises. Jesus was riding into Jerusalem as Israel’s King, just like God had promised. When he arrived at the Temple, he looked around and saw a disturbing […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 10:17-31

The story of this wealthy man in Mark 10:17-31 is a contrast to the previous few verses about those who enter the Kingdom like children. This story describes again the intensity and seriousness of following Jesus: he tells this man to sell everything he has! Although God may not call me or you to do […]

Acknowledgments and Sources used for “The Gospel of Mark”

In the interest of giving credit where it is due, I (Kyle) wanted to post references to the sources that have impacted my thinking on Mark’s Gospel. I have used them heavily in my sermons and blog posts and I am grateful for the diligence and hard work of these scholars. Most of the ideas in the […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 7:24-30

At this point in the story, Jesus has been continually travelling, teaching, and healing as he has gone about proclaiming the Gospel. When we read “Gospel” in this particular book of the Bible, we are to understand it as Jesus’ message that the promised Time is fulfilled and God’s Kingdom has come close enough to […]

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 […]