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Of Idol Factories and the King of Glory!

From this we may gather that man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols…Man’s mind, full as it is of pride and boldness, dares to imagine a god according to its own capacity; as it sluggishly plods, indeed is overwhelmed with the crassest ignorance, it conceives an unreality and an empty appearance as God.                                                                                             (John Calvin, Institutes, 1.11.8)

We naturally make idols in our hearts. We naturally turn from the true God and worship replicas of our own likeness and image. We naturally suppress the truth of God’s self-disclosure in general revelation. We naturally are lovers of self: meaning, we are self-absorbed, self-seduced, self-interested, self-intoxicated . . . downright selfish beings.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Nineveh? Jonah Would Love to Know Too!

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Here we are with installment three of our Geographical-Theology treatment. I actually never meant for there to be any sequels to the first post, but God has led me onward and upward.

Our next stop, much to the chagrin and protest of Jonah, is a place near and dear to the Assyrians (but not many others, Jonah chief amongst them!), a place called Nineveh. Nineveh was, in Jonah’s day, the capital city of the mighty Assyrian Empire.

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Why Caesarea-Philippi? (Mt. 16.13-20)

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I have a confession. I like maps! I am a cartograph lover . . . a carto-phile?!! There’s just something about them. Especially old, exotic maps . . . you know, the kind Indiana Jones would use to find some ancient, mythical treasure!

I cannot say when my fondness for maps began. But I do know I pay more attention now to geography and locations, when I am studying a subject. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Why Does Fasting Go By So Slooooowly?! (Mk. 2. 18-22)

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(Okay, pardon the pun in the title, but I couldn’t help it!)

In our last post on Mark, we looked at Jesus’ dinner party at Matthew’s house. We discussed the reaction of the religious leaders to this event and the hints of the growing tension between them. As we continue to move forward, especially in the next few pericopes, we will see this tension heightening all the more. 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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