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author on November 1st, 2010

Tuesday is the so-called mid-term elections.

Many will work through the candidates’ positions and the issues on their ballots. They will listen carefully to the news, ads and interviews. They will record the debates and play them back, pausing to jot down notes.

Then they will forget to vote.

Others won’t pay attention to anything, ask a drinking buddy what he thinks and drop the ballot in the mail without giving it another thought.

… in fact, some of them will hear about the polls being open on the radio on the way to work Tuesday, run to the polls and vote again!

And that’s how America will choose its future direction – and the way we’ve been doing it for over 200 years. Unless… Read more »

author on August 25th, 2010

Today’s reflection marks the final and 100th post on the Gospel of Mark. Since October 2nd, 2008, I’ve posted a reflection each week.

Mark concludes his gospel with two simple statements, paraphrased here: Read more »

author on August 18th, 2010

When Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples He had one last command for them:

“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation.” (Mark 16:15Mark 16:15
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15 He said to them, “Go into all the world, and preach the Gospel to the whole creation.

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But Matthew’s Gospel provides a more complete rendition of the Great Commission: Read more »

author on August 11th, 2010

Last week Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome discovered the open tomb and encountered a young man dressed in white who proclaimed, “He has risen!” (Mark 16:6Mark 16:6
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6 He said to them, “Don’t be amazed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him!

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). The young man also told them to tell His disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.” (Mark 16:7Mark 16:7
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7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see him, as he said to you.’”

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author on August 4th, 2010

Early Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to the tomb where Joseph had entombed Jesus’ body the Friday before. They brought spices used for anointing the dead (Mark 16:1-2Mark 16:1-2
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16 1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.

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). Their greatest concern seemed to be finding someone to roll the stone away so they could get to the body (Mark 16:3Mark 16:3
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3 They were saying among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”

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author on July 28th, 2010

Mark 15:43Mark 15:43
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43 Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent council member who also himself was looking for the Kingdom of God, came. He boldly went in to Pilate, and asked for Jesus’ body.

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tells us that Joseph of Arimathea was a prominent member of the Sanhedrin. Luke 23:50-51Luke 23:50-51
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50 Behold, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man 51 , from Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who was also waiting for the Kingdom of God:

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adds that Joseph was a good and upright man who had opposed the action of his fellow council members in their condemnation of Jesus. Both passages affirm that Joseph was “waiting for the kingdom of God.” We can safely conclude that this fact was included in scripture because he saw Jesus’ connection to God’s kingdom. Read more »

author on July 21st, 2010

Last week we read of Jesus’ last moments before His death. Among the New Testament writers, only John was an eyewitness. But there were many testimonies to Jesus’ death – and to His resurrection – both within scripture and in secular history. And there are three often-neglected testimonies right here in this passage. Read more »

author on July 14th, 2010

The word forsake means to abandon, to break off from. In the crucifixion of Jesus Christ – the second person of the one Triune God – our Lord was at once the only sacrifice worthy to bear our sins, and the holy Son of God. God cannot look upon sin – He cannot have sin in His holy presence. Jesus at that moment was rejected by His Father God with whom He had been One with for all eternity past. Why? Because He was bearing the sins of the world. Read more »

author on July 7th, 2010

The Man who only hours earlier was teaching at the temple (Lk. 21:37-38Lk. 21:37-38
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37 Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple, and every night he would go out and spend the night on the mountain that is called Olivet. 38 All the people came early in the morning to him in the temple to hear him.

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), who was anointed by close friends at Bethany (Mk. 14:3Mk. 14:3
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3 While he was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster jar of ointment of pure nard— very costly. She broke the jar, and poured it over his head.

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), was now among the two robbers hanging on a cross. At the foot of the cross, the soldiers cast lots for His clothing (Mk. 15:24Mk. 15:24
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24 Crucifying him, they parted his garments among them, casting lots on them, what each should take.

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author on June 30th, 2010

After multiple beatings, a debilitating flogging, sleep deprivation and hatred and lies spewed at Him, Jesus was barely able to stand, let alone carry His own cross on the long route to Golgotha. So the soldiers pulled a man from the crowd, Cyrus of Cyrene, and forced him to carry Christ’s Cross, following behind Jesus as He was led to His death (Mark 15:21Mark 15:21
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21 They compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might bear his cross.

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, Luke 23:26Luke 23:26
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26 When they led him away, they grabbed one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it after Jesus.

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