Mark 1:29-39, Jesus’ Liberating Début

[February 8, 2015] The Gospel text continues from last week; the whole section from 1:16 to 1:39, told as if it takes place in a twenty-four hour span, comprising Jesus’ public début. 1:14-15, as we pointed out before, acts as a subject-line or topic-sentence for what follows. The calling of the fishermen takes . . . → Read More: Mark 1:29-39, Jesus’ Liberating Début

Mark 1:21-28, Resistance Broken Down

[February 1, 2015] This morning’s Gospel text is about Jesus casting a demon out of a man who interrupted him while he was teaching at the local synagogue in Capernaum, a lakeside town of Galilee. Today I want to examine how this fits into the beginning of Mark’s gospel and interpret it from . . . → Read More: Mark 1:21-28, Resistance Broken Down

Matthew 6:1-18, Living Before the Father

[April 22, 2012] At the end of the Gospel according to Matthew, the victorious resurrected Jesus—who is here with us—sends the listener back to the beginning of His ministry in Galilee, to observe all that He commanded and to teach it to others (28:20). We read, then, the Sermon on the Mount . . . → Read More: Matthew 6:1-18, Living Before the Father