Tag Archives: Mark

A tale of two banquets

In the sixth chapter of his gospel, Mark relates how John the Baptist came to lose his life – a rather gruesome story of corruption and sleaze in high places. This is immediately followed by the story of Jesus feeding … Continue reading

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The unforgivable sin

Mark 3:28,29 “Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” The scope of God’s … Continue reading

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Reason to be cheerful

Mark 2:19 “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?” Religion is a serious matter, and religious people are generally caricatured as being dour and miserable. Interesting, then, that Jesus’ disciples attracted criticism for being … Continue reading

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The normal Christian life (part 2)

Mark 8:27-9:29 (read part 1 here) So should the normal Christian life be a never-ending victory parade? It looks as though it ought to be, but I’ve found three reasons in this section of Mark’s gospel why it isn’t. Mark … Continue reading

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The normal Christian life (part 1)

Mark 8:27-9:29 It’s good to read Christian books… but some of them don’t half make you feel inadequate. ‘The normal Christian life’ is the title of a classic book by Watchman Nee – which I’ve never actually read, but from … Continue reading

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Parables

Mark 4:10-12,21-25 The Kingdom of God has always been a difficult concept to grasp. In first-century Palestine, when Jesus went around saying, “The Kingdom of God is near,” most people assumed that He was about to start a political revolution. … Continue reading

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The God who forgives sins

We believe in… the forgiveness of sins… Mark 2:10 “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” The Jews made a close link between sin and suffering, and everyone present in that house would have assumed that … Continue reading

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