Contributed on Feb 24, 2010
Jesus speaks against those whose greed causes them to exploit the land and the people to their advantage and for their profit. We are called to be stewards and manage the "vineyards" that we have been given. They are not ours, they are God's.
Mark 12:1-12 “Entangled With Greed” INTRODUCTION We continue our journey with Jesus through Holy Week—the last week of his life on earth. Last Sunday we walked with him on Monday, which is the day after his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. On Monday Jesus passed by a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2010
For Jesus, the kingdom of God is not primarily about the dead, but about the living, not primarily about life after death, but about life in this world.
Mark 12:18-27 “Tuesday—God of the Living” INTRODUCTION For the past couple of weeks, the world has been enjoying the competition of the Winter Olympics. There have been some close competitions. A few major upsets, like the United States hockey team defeating Canada ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2010
Judas’ betrayal is contrasted with the loyalty of an unnamed woman. The woman was extravagant in her loyalty and foolish in her love. She wasted her resources in her love for Jesus. Judas on the other hand betrays Jesus for money. By our selfishness we be
Mark 14:1-11 “Wednesday—Loyalty and Betrayal” INTRODUCTION There is perhaps no lonelier moment for a person than when a person (or persons) whom he loves fails to understand him or betrays him. It is devastating. We catch a glimpse of this devastation in Jesus’ ...read more
Contributed on Mar 23, 2010
Two revolutionaries stand before the people--Jesus and Barabbas. Barabbas represents a revolution by violence and power, and Jesus a revolution of love. The crowd chooses Barabbas
Mark 15:1-20 “Friday—Following Revolutionaries” INTRODUCTION As a student of history and of people, I have often wondered why some people are attracted to groups and activities that are abhorrent to others. For example, why did the people of Germany elect Adolf Hitler ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2010
Jesus' entry into Jerusalem while seated on a donkey demonstrates that he is not the Messiah that the people expect. Jesus is a Messiah who comes in love and rules by love.
Mark 11:1-11 “Palm Sunday—Two Parades” INTRODUCTION We are back to where we started—at the beginning of the final week of Jesus’ life on earth. We have watched and listened as the conflict between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders escalated. We have ...read more