MARK 4, PT 2 | SOLVING PROBLEMS FROM THE TOP DOWN

MARK 4, PT 2 | SOLVING PROBLEMS FROM THE TOP DOWN

This is part 4 of a multi-part series on the book of Mark. Today, we’re in Mark 4:35-41 Jesus was often tired. He ran a sprint-marathon. He ran until he was out of gas, but then retreated to rest. He always initiated rest when he needed it. So after an...
MARK 4, PT 2 | SOLVING PROBLEMS FROM THE TOP DOWN

MARK 4, PT 1 | SOWING IN WORKSHIP

This is part 3 of a multi-part series on the book of Mark. Today, we’re in Mark 4:26-29. Now the Kingdom of God is compared to a man scattering seeds on the ground (4:26). The man is clearly not God in this parable because he sleeps and rises and lives out his...
MARK 4, PT 2 | SOLVING PROBLEMS FROM THE TOP DOWN

MARK 2 | WHEN A CLIENT VANDALIZES YOUR HOME

This is part 2 of a multi-part series on the book of Mark. Background Matthew 4:13 says Jesus left Nazareth and settled (or lived) in Capernaum in Galilee. 2:1-12 In this passage Jesus is at home in Capernaum (Mark 2:1), and people are coming to him from all villages...
MARK 1 | THE SPEAKING AND THE DOING

MARK 1 | THE SPEAKING AND THE DOING

This is part 1 of a multi-part series on the book of Mark. 1:1 The word gospel was used in the ancient world often for military victories, but the apostles and writers of the Scriptures co-opted it for language of being saved from the enemy’s kingdom into the Kingdom...
ECCLESIASTES 1: HYPOTHESIS

ECCLESIASTES 1: HYPOTHESIS

This is part 2 of a many-part blog series on the book of Ecclesiastes. Qoheleth (the Collector or Assembler – Solomon) begins chapter 1 with a hypothesis: everything in this life is ultimately hebel (the Hebrew word that is often translated vanity, meaningless,...
ECCLESIASTES: INTRODUCTION

ECCLESIASTES: INTRODUCTION

This is part 1 in a many-part series on the book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is widely believed to be the most difficult to interpret of all of the Bible, even more so than Revelation. Perhaps the central reason for this difficulty is that the main message of the...