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Mark 12-13

Daily Reading Mark 12-13 Daily Thought Jesus had been telling stories, called parables, and in many of them the Jewish religious leaders fared badly. So badly, they wanted him gone, if not dead. To this end, they posed questions of him publicly to discredit him. Some Pharisees and Herodians came together to ask Jesus, “Is […]


Mark 10-11

Daily Reading Mark 10-11 Daily Thought The rich man asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17). Jesus told him to follow the commandments and the man claimed he had since youth. His question was sincere, but really, he wanted Jesus to assure him he was safe, keep up […]


Mark 8-9

Daily Reading Mark 8-9 Daily Thought The disciples grew up looking for Israel’s Messiah, and found him. “You are the Christ,” said Peter (Mark 8:29). The “Christ,” the Hebrew Messiah, but Jesus is Messiah to more than Israel and is calling them to be much more, as well. To the Jews there were two types […]


Mark 6-7

Daily Reading Mark 6-7 Daily Thought Jesus was accustomed to being marveled at; now Jesus marveled at them, “because of their unbelief” (Mark 6:7). His miracles, his teaching, his kindness, and his confidence set Jesus apart and above the typical celebrity and left people astonished and in awe. Then Jesus went home. You would never […]


Mark 4-5

Daily Reading Mark 4-5 Daily Thought Jesus was a storyteller, and a good one. His stories engaged his listeners, requiring contemplation if they were to learn anything of the kingdom of God. Thus, the sincere seeker is separated from the cynical skeptic, “for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the […]


Mark 1-3

Daily Reading Mark 1-3 Daily Thought In Mark’s Gospel, everything happens “immediately” (Mark 1:10, 12, 18, 20, 21, 23, 29, 30, 42; and that’s just chapter 1). Jesus begins in Galilee “proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the […]


Matthew 27-28

Daily Reading Matthew 27-28 Daily Thought From where he sat in a prison cell, Barabbas could not hear Pilate speaking in the courtyard. Only the shout of the crowd. It was the governor’s custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd; “Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to […]


Matthew 24-25

Daily Reading Matthew 24-25 Daily Thought When Harold Camping was setting dates and making all the noise about the second coming of Jesus a few years ago, those who listen to Jesus rather than Harold went on with life as usual, not because they don’t believe Jesus is coming back, but because they don’t believe […]


Matthew 22-23

Daily Reading Matthew 22-23 Daily Thought Jesus describes God’s kingdom as a wedding feast, and all of Israel invited. The celebration promised to be spectacular, “my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered and everything is ready” (Matthew 22:4). One condition, however, proved to be an obstacle: the required attire was a particular wedding […]


Matthew 20-21

Daily Reading Matthew 20-21 Daily Thought When we were kids, my dad would play street football with us. He was the quarterback and drove us crazy. Who the best players were was clearly established and they were chosen first, yet my dad would send them running to the right with defenders in tow, then toss […]

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