Mark 16:1-8, Is This the Conclusion of Mark’s Gospel?

[April 5, 2015] It is Easter morning, both for us and the women in today’s Gospel text. The text ends: “And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” You will usually be told that these words end the Gospel according to Mark, and that what follows in verse 9 is a . . . → Read More: Mark 16:1-8, Is This the Conclusion of Mark’s Gospel?

John 20:19-31, Receive the Holy Spirit

[April 27, 2014] At the heart of this passage, which takes place on the evening of Easter Day, Jesus breathes into his disciples and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” It is the fulfillment of everything for which the Gospel according to John has been preparing us. John’s gospel (written decades after Matthew and . . . → Read More: John 20:19-31, Receive the Holy Spirit