Having Stuff vs. Stuff Having You

Jesus makes a couple of remarks about possessions in today’s Bible reading in Mark 10. The chapter includes the story of the Rich Young Ruler, a man who had a lot of stuff. After telling Jesus that he had kept the commandments since birth, Jesus went directly for the young man’s heart: He told him…

How Seriously Do You Take Sin?

One point from today’s Bible reading in Mark 9 has been misapplied by many modern-day disciples, in search of a closer walk with God. Mark 9:43-48 records Jesus telling His disciples that if their hand causes them to fall away, they should cut it off because it’s better to go to heaven without a hand…

Throwing Stones at the Disciples

Today’s Bible reading from Mark 8 includes the story of Jesus’ feeding 4000 people (Mark 8:1-10). You would think that the disciples would have figured it out already! Just two chapters earlier (Mark 6:30-44), we were given the story of Jesus’ feeding 5000 men (plus women and children?) with five loaves of bread and two…

TRADITION!

As I read today’s Bible reading in Mark 7, one word stood out in glaring clarity: tradition. And instantly, I heard Tevye singing the song from Fiddler on the Roof. I can almost hear the First Century Jewish Leaders arguing with Jesus about their traditions. They express their frustration that Jesus’ disciples aren’t upholding the…

Don’t be Amused

There are two things I want to point out from today’s Bible reading from Mark 6. The chapter begins and ends talking about Jesus’ miracle ministry. The end of the chapter is very familiar to those of us who grew up in church. People come to Jesus to be healed and some are trusting in…