Unpardonable Sin

The writer Mark records the situation as follows: And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that […]

A Call to Follow

“We walk the same road.” These five words could have solemnly been offered by Mark, the writer of the second gospel narrative found in the New Testament, to the frantic Christians coming to him for help because of the persecution they faced in Rome. “We walk the same road . . . the road Jesus walked.” Indeed. After all, that […]

A Call to Suffer and Die

It was a restless hamlet in South Sudan along the Ethiopian border. A few short years ago I was there leading a pastors’ conference with the elders and pastors from various tribal groups from the region. When I asked them the best way I could help them their forceful plea was for me to tell them how to empower their […]

Kiss the Calves

Tucked within the ancient scrolls is an honest assessment about a rebellious people whose world is falling apart around them. Consider, from Hosea 13:2, the following: It is said of them, “Those who offer human sacrifices kiss calves!” The “calves” referenced in this old statement are the silvery idols crafted by human hands and then bowed down to by their dubious […]

Daniel’s 70th Week

Daniel 9 offers an amazing glimpse of things to come during that era commonly called the Tribulation. What is so uncanny about the passage is not merely the prophecy of the end of days, embedded so well in Daniel 9:27, but the prophecy that is found in Daniel 9:25 and then again in Daniel 9:26, relating to the person of […]