Monthly Archives: January 2017

Desperation

“But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet.” (Mark 7:25, ESV) Desperation: “the feeling of being in such a bad situation that you will take any … Continue reading

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The Unusual [but Patiently Persistent] Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

“But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”” (Mark 7:28, ESV) The encounter between Jesus and this unnamed Syrophoenician woman is one of my favorites in all of the Gospels.  It’s … Continue reading

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Those Disciples and Their Dirty Hands

“Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.” (Mark 7.1-2 ESV) Mark uses the Greek … Continue reading

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Sometimes He Calms the Storm

“Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.” (Mark 6:45 ESV) The ESV translation here could be a little better.  The word translated “he … Continue reading

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A Voice in the Dark

“And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, … Continue reading

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The Abstract Expressionism of Jesus

Jesus’ behavior in Mark 6.30-44, seems to me a lot like this Willem de Kooning painting, Valentine. [MOMA.  Thanks MOMA.] If I gave this baby to my wife as a valentine it would quickly end up in the trash, so … Continue reading

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