Contributed on Apr 17, 2017
That first Resurrection Sunday consisted of surprise after surprise. Let’s look at 4 of many surprises.
Surprise! (Mark 16:1-8) 1. Last month the elders board decided to get the most handsome preacher in the State of Indiana to speak for Easter. He said no. 2. Then they thought they would get the most intelligent preacher in Indiana to speak. He said no.. Then they decided to get the pastor ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2017
The abundance of religious art we see may remind us of the cross, but it can also dull us to the reality that the people involved were real people, not figments of creativity. Let’s take a look at some of those real people.
PURSUING THE MARK Philippians 3:4-14 The starter’s line for this passage is the Apostle Paul’s polemic against false teachers, whose confidence lies in the flesh (Philippians 3:2-4). “The flesh” here represents self-help religion, which stands contrary to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. ...read more
Contributed on Apr 3, 2017
The fact that so long a portion of the Gospels is dedicated toward describing how Jesus suffered for us suggests we need to contemplate those events thoroughly.
Crucified for Us Mark 15:21-32 1. This week, I came across a Jewish version of a joke I tell every year at camp. 2. Three Jewish sons left home, went out on their own and prospered. Getting back together, they discussed the gifts hey were able to give their elderly mother. The first ...read more
Contributed on Mar 27, 2017
Jesus was not just left behind, but hatefully rejected for our good.
Rejected! (Mark 15:1-20) 1. UPI article: “An Indiana man enlisted the help of the American Civil Liberties Union to help win his fight against the state for a custom license plate reading, "ATHE1ST." “Chris Bontrager said a letter from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles did not cite a ...read more