Archive for February, 2015

Tuesday of Quinquagesima Sunday – Mark 10:1-16

ShareMark 10:1-16 “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.  And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” These are very strong words that Jesus has spoken, and we must take them seriously.  Knowing that God has created marriage and that He hates divorce, we should take […]

February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Quinquagesima Sunday – Mark 9:38-50

ShareMark 9:38-50 Hell!  No, I’m not saying this as a curse but as a reminder of this terrible place.  Hell is an idea that has been tamed.  The fact that we can so easily say “Hell!” as a curse, and not as an exclamation about the place of God’s judgment, is an indicator that our […]

February 15, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 9:30-37

ShareMark 9:30-37 “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all” (verse 35.) This is basic Christianity.  Christianity 101. And yet so many Christians keep flunking out of this most basic of courses.  This is because, unlike simply memorizing the Creeds or a catechism, this course is a […]

February 9, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Friday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 9:14-29

ShareMark 9:14-29 Today we hear another lesson about the growth of the disciples of Jesus Christ, which means us.  Faith and faithfulness are not an On/Off switch so that you either perfectly have faith or perfectly don’t.  Our faith is partial most of the time: it is not perfect yet.  For this reason, it is […]

February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Sexagesima – Mark 8:27-9:1

ShareMark 8:27-9:1 “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks you this morning. He asked it to His disciples and to all men in the 1st century, and He asks it to you today. “Who do you say that I am?” “Some say Jesus was a good teacher.” “Some say Jesus was a son […]

February 9, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 8:11-26

ShareMark 8:11-26 Poor, stupid, disciples.  They just don’t get it, do they? Their conversation with Jesus goes something like this: “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” Stunned silence.  Gears slowly grinding in 12 crania.  Let’s see, Jesus just fed the 4000 thousand . . . and we […]

February 9, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Thursday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 9:2-13

ShareMark 9:2-13 My all-time favorite opening sentence from a work of fiction has to be the first line from Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.  It goes like this: “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” Kafka proceeds in a perfectly deadpan fashion to […]

February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Sexagesima Sunday – Mark 7:24-37

ShareMark 7:24-37 Today’s meditation begins a little differently.  Because the meditation will take more time, your suggested resolution for today is at the beginning! Resolution:  I resolve to read and meditate on Mark 7:24-37 today.  Does any one of you have Jeremiah 38:12 memorized?  I didn’t think so! When I was in junior high and […]

February 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Septuagesima Sunday – Mark 7:14-23

ShareMark 7:14-23 We live in a strange world in which we try hard to make sense of our lives and keep the different parts in health and harmony.  We are at one and the same time individuals with unique identities and personalities and also essential parts of the communities that we live in.  We live […]

February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Septuagesima Sunday – Mark 7:1-13

ShareMark 7:1-13 “making the Word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down” (verse 13.) This is the essence of Jesus’ teaching this morning.  He is so concerned that people not exchange the Word of God for the traditions of men that He goes so far as to call the […]

February 5, 2015 | 1 Comment More