Tag: Mark

Jesus Faces Rejection Too

     In the second half of Mark’s Gospel, we are introduced to a new situation.  Jesus faces rejection.  The first half he was questioned, but now his message is rejected and people turn their backs on Jesus.  The rich man receives the answer to his deepest question, but walks away.  The scribe answers correctly …

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Coming with Power

And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.  Who is it who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  1 John 5:4-5             The power of the Kingdom of God (cf. Mark 9:1) has sadly been misinterpreted by so many.  Our sensibilities today …

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Kingdom Time and Our Problems

How long, O Lord? -Psalm 13:1      The Psalmist in Psalm 13, repeatedly cries out, “How long…?”  Our patience and God’s time rarely coincide.  When it comes to personal tragedy, time is always at a premium.      In Mark’s Gospel time is noted for us in times of tragedy or trial.  This keeps …

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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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