Category: Mark

The Gospel of Mark, Demon Possession and Today

One thing that stands out in the earlier chapters of Mark is what is called “demon possession.”  Many commentators shrink back at this term.  They know the history of the mentally ill being called demon-possessed.  They also know the excess in some parts of the church about exorcisms, coupled with the entertainment industry’s over-the-top use …

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Empowerment

The New Year is filled with opportunity.  Sadly, a disquieted spirit within will cause the opportunities to vanish.  A renewed spirit is needed for the new year. Charles Allen writes of the terrible tortures of the Spanish Inquisition.  The worst of all was to put a man in a jail cell with the ceiling so …

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The Apocalypse and Advent

Mark 13:24–“But in those days, after that tribulation,the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light.”       I have been thinking a lot about how Advent is such a counter-cultural season.  In the traditional church year, Advent always begins with a verse like Mark 13:24.  The reason for that is justice is …

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