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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...

The Genre of the Gospels

The short answer: Gospels are written in genre of Roman biographies. A Few Academic Voice on the Issue Craig Keener: “Most Gospels scholars today view the Gospels as belonging to the genre of ancient biography. Both supporters and detractors now recognize this general...

Son of Man in Mark

“Son” language in Mark Mark uses “son” language to speak of Christ; the most common is “Son of Man”. Except for the personal name “Jesus,” the theological title “Son of Man” is the most frequent phrase used to refer to Jesus in Mark. 1. What “Son of Man” Means a....

How to Smell a Sandwich

Smell can be a powerful sense. The right smell can bring back old memories, you haven't thought about for decades. In the same way having a good literary sense about a text can unfold truths hidden in plain sight. It all begins by knowing a little something about an...

Christ in Mark

God-man of action From start to finish, Jesus is the uncontested subject of the Gospel of Mark, and he is portrayed as a man of action. The action of the Gospel is all-important to the meaning of the Gospel, for we learn who Jesus is not so much from what he says as...

Who Wrote Gospel of Mark?

Over the coming weeks, I am going to release additional material on the gospel of Mark. We will look at background, themes, theology and and the interesting style of mark’s gospel. This week we will look at the authorship of Mark and the evidence supporting John Mark...

Jewish Hope and Pentecost

  Pentecost as fulfillmentWhen speaking of the theme of promise and fulfillment in relation to Pentecost most would point to Jesus’s words, in Luke, “I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power...

Bringing a Giggle to the Heart of God

,Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 40:10 When I was a around 7 years old, I would help my dad fix things around the house. I wanted to build a porch or pant a room. Instead my dad would...

Times of Preparation in Paul’s life

In the middle of the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul dominates the pages of the New Testament. We focus on his teachings, but sometimes we fail to see the spiritual insight woven into the tapestry of his Christian experience. On the one hand, he was a trophy of God's...

Grace, Study, and My Story

I am known as that guy who likes books. If I were a martial artist, I would be an black belt in book-fu. If I were a comic book superhero, I would be Batman but that’s for other reasons. In any case, I do love books and If you grew up with me the irony would be...

Preaching as Mystical Event

INTRODUCTIONWhen I was young in the faith. I had the pleasure of being mentored by an evangelist, named Algernon Tenyson. Yes, He was my black old brother and I was his young tag-along (affectionately known as white chocolate). He taught me the simplicity of the...

Ethics of Heresy (Part Two)

Drawing the Line Determining “Heresy” is all about where to draw the line. It is both a doctrinal and an ethical question. Ultimately it is something we aim at much like a bulls eye. It is equally misguided to draw the boundaries too narrowly and allow almost anything...

Ethics of Heresy

LOST IN TRANSLATION What is the most used, least understood, theological term? My guess ‘heresy’. Online it’s probably the most pejorative term in use by Christians to speak of other Christians. As one contributor on Facebook noted in a theology thread, “it’s not an...

Podcasts and Preachers

"Good news" for the eager Many people have asked for podcasts recommendations or preachers who are our “go to’s” for good information. Everyone at remnant put their heads together and came up with two lists that will hopefully be helpful. Podcasts 1.) Tim Mackie...

How Faith Finds Rest

Luke 1:34–38 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God....

Four Insights from Gordon Fee

1. The Passion of Paul’s life “Anyone who reads even a smattering of Paul’s writings recognizes early on that his devotion to Christ was the foremost reality and passion of his life. What he said in one of his later letters serves as a kind of motto for his entire...

Anti-intellectualism (Part 4)

 The Church is Anorexic All these facts point to the present condition of the church as deeply anti-intellectual. It could be said that the church now has a kind of "Spiritual Anorexia." Anorexics (1) have an intense fear of becoming fat. The comparison between...

Anti-intellectualism (Part 3)

In this post I want to pick back up on an idea i hinted at in the first post in this series. The metaphor of anti-intellectualism as poison. In this post we will look deeper at the effects of anti-intellectualism using poison as a guiding metaphor. we will conclude...

Anti-intellectualism (Part 2)

In this post we will look at 3 key distinctions and clarifications that makes the christian mind distinctly Christian. A great guide for us is a mid 20th century scholar, Harry Blamire and his classic work, The Christian Mind (1963). Blamire was an Anglican...

Anti-intellectualism (Part 1)

Do Ideas Have Consequences? “Ideas are overrated,” a young friend once said to me. After a moment I asked him, “So you’re telling me that you hold to the idea that ideas are overrated.” Now a little puzzled and a little unsure he responded “Yes?” “So ideas are not...

Can a Christain be too spiritual?

John of the cross thinks we can. In the spiritual classic “Dark night of the soul,” He lists a series of sins that are poison to the Christian life. In it He explains how one vice can turn spiritually into a bad habit. Beginners in the spiritual life are apt to become...

Personality & the Spiritual Disciplines

'People are different by design. One way we can speak of this difference is by the concept of personality types.  After having a conversation about personality and spiritual development I dusted off some old notes and took another look at how personality traits and...

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is a term coined by sociologist Christian Smith. It describes the beliefs and general religious outlook of modern Americans. Five core beliefs makeup this religious perspective. A God exists who created and ordered the world and watches...