The Remnant Blog

Edited by Dawson Jarrell

Prolegomena for the Atonement

Meaning of the Term: Atonement The theological meaning of the word can be explained by a simple cliché that is at the same time accurate, atonement means “at-one-ment”; to atone is to reconcile a broken relationship on behalf of another. The state of being at one or...

The Sign of a Toxic Leader

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." Some initial observations of Jesus’ words. Everyone knows Jesus’ description of bad leaders (false prophets). They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. The...

Modern Martyr: Poet, Nun, Rebel

Did you know the Eastern Orthodox Church has its own list of saints? Until recently, I did not. For me and maybe you, these men and women of faith are new. People who are mostly unknown in our little corner of Christianity. I would hate for their stories to pass by us...

David Garland on Discipleship in Mark

In preparation to write the Mark study I found a commentary that quickly became my favorite. It is part of the NIV Application Commentary series published by Zondervan. The Mark commentary was written by New Testament scholar David E. Garland. It was published back in...

What is Repentance? by J.I.Packer

One of the best explanations of Repentance I have ever read was by J.I. Packer. I have quoted it in full below. The excerpt is from Rediscovering Holiness by J.I. Packer, published by Regal Books, 2009. The except comes from chapter five. What is repentance? What does...

Towards a Definition of Repentance

Today definitions are assumed rather than investigated. Yet we live and "define" our lives by them. A definition in need of investigation is repentance.  A good way to get at defining such important and common terms is by first explaining what it is not. So let us...

Mark the Man: Biographical construction

The story of John Mark scattered through a handful of verses in the New Testament is actually a beautiful picture of failure and restoration. In this brief biographical sketch I outline his story using five pictures, drawn from the New Testament evidence. Mark story...

Marks supposed errors in geography

In Academic discussion about the gospel of Mark much ink is spilt over Mark’s supposed geographical ignorance. While many scarf a case can be made for the reliability of mark and explanation given mark’s geographic descriptions. Among scholars the most frequently...

Radical Discipleship in Mark (Part 2)

Jesus’ Approach to Discipleship The theme of discipleship is all over Mark. Mark teaches his readers about discipleship in three ways. 1.) recounting Jesus’s teaching on the subject, 2.) narrating different accounts in which Jesus invites various individuals to follow...

Cost of Discipleship

To get at the Cost of Discipleship in Mark we will look at a few texts in Mark. First Mark 1:16-20 and we will key in on verse 17 and Second Mark 8:34-38. Mark 1:16-20 has much to teach us about discipleship. Jesus gives a command, and a promise that inform what is...

Radical Discipleship in Mark

Mark teaches his readers about discipleship in two ways. First way is by recounting Jesus's general teaching on the subject. Including Mark’s choice of examples that illustrate discipleship for his readers. He retells different accounts in which Jesus invites various...

The Worst Secret in Mark

Mark 1:41-44aJesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and...