Three Means to Hardened Heart

While visiting with a friend this morning the conversation turned to the too-common reality of a heart grown hard. My friend and I are people desperate to have hearts soft toward God, tender to his purposes and pleasures and presence. As we were reflecting on this hunger for pliability and proximity to the Father, what came to our minds were […]

A Lesson on a Lake

Here is a very hard word of truth: life is not about you. Or me. There are things going on that are far greater. Lest you wonder, check out the following account from Mark 6:45 and following: [quote]Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the […]

Sandy Hook Elementary and the Tower of Siloam

A dark night has come and gone since the horrid massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. My own numbness continues, as I am sure does yours. I cannot help but note the weird irony that yesterday morning, early, I posted on my Facebook page how overwhelmed I am that my own precious girls are no longer little sprites with whom I […]

A Call to Fight

One of the primary features of the Gospel of Mark is the reality that beyond the scope of time and space there is a spiritual realm that is very real and very active. Indeed, one can make the case that before the public truly acknowledged Jesus as unique, forces from the realm beyond time and space affirmed his mission and […]

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 Slavery

The message was reinforced in ways from which Mark would never recover. Chronologically, it would begin in Mark’s family home. One by one the disciples gathered and Jesus, the esteemed teacher, got on his knees and washed their feet. The disciples had never seen such a thing before, and neither had Mark, watching from the shadows. “If I then, your […]