Tag Archives: Mark

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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The cup of God’s wrath

“In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; He pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.” (Psalm 75:8) The cup of judgement … Continue reading

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“Love your neighbour”

If an unbeliever is asked to sum up Christianity in a sentence, this is probably what they will come out with. And it isn’t exactly wrong; but it isn’t totally right either. Firstly, it’s incomplete. The full quotation  (from Jesus’ … Continue reading

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