Lent has Lentened . . . Eh, Arrived! (But What Does it Really Mean?)


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(This is a post I did last year. I thought it would be appropriate to post it again today. Plus, it will give us a mini-break from our walk through Mark.)

As you know, yesterday was the beginning of Lent. I remember a former professor of mine, Dr. Calvin Miller, said he always loved the spirit of the Lenten season. Yet, he was never quite sure, early in his life, what lent actually meant. He said for a while there, he just assumed it had some deep and beautiful theological meaning to it.

Until one day, his curiosity got the better of him, and he decided to look it up. To his chagrin, he found it simply means spring. The term comes from Old and Middle English and carries the idea of a lengthening (as in days). That is to say, springtime is when the days begin to lengthen and the daylight is longer than the cold, dark winter months. Read the rest of this entry »


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What is Jesus Doing Now?! (Mark 2. 15-17)

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So then, Jesus called Matthew (a.k.a. Levi) and he has abandoned his tax-collecting post and has followed Christ. Implied, of course, is that this is no temporary situation. This is not simply an afternoon of vacation time for Matthew, to see a miracle or two and receive some good rabbinical teaching, before returning to the ball and chain the next day. No! Matthew has permanently clocked out. He has quit. He has resigned his position. He is now unemployed! Read the rest of this entry »


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The Call of Levi (Mark 2. 13-14)


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Here is our next pericope to consider from Mark’s gospel:

He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. (Mark 2.13-14, ESV)

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The Healing of the Paralytic Pt. 3 (Mark. 2. 1-12)


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In today’s post, we will conclude our conversation of the healing of the paralytic. It is a fascinating account of Jesus’ power and ministry, especially in his early days of ministry in the northern region of Galilee. It also foreshadows the conflict that will continue to escalate between Jesus and the religious elite.
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The Healing of the Paralytic Pt. 2 (Mark 2. 1-12)


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Yesterday, we covered the first part of the pericope found in Mark 2.1-12. Today we will look again at this pericope. This pericope details the event of Jesus healing the paralytic. In yesterday’s post, we discussed how the four men carrying the paralytic removed part of the roof, so they could lower him down to Jesus. We also discussed how the house was full as Jesus was preaching. Read the rest of this entry »


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The Healing of the Paralytic Pt. 1 (Mark 2. 1-12)


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Our next pericope in our tour through Mark comes from the beginning of chapter two. It is a powerful pericope to read and to study. We will cover this pericope in two parts. The first we will cover today and, Lord willing, the second we will cover tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »


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The Healing of the Leper (Mark 1. 40-45)


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We have been taking a stroll through the gospel of Mark. We have looked at several pericopes dealing with the early days of Jesus’ ministry. The pericope today comes at the end of chapter one and it comprises verses 40-45. Here is the pericope: Read the rest of this entry »


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