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Mark’s Gospel

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Lent, Noah’s Ark, and Baptism

We begin the forty days of Lent with the memory of a previous 40 days when sin was cleansed from the face of the earth through a flood which spared only 8 people - Noah & his companions on the ark.  This gives us a...

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Bartimaeus & Faith that Acts Up – Podcast

In this 15 minute podcast, Anna Mitchell, host of the Sonrise Morning Show, discusses with Dr. Italy, the significance of Jesus' encounter with Bartimaeus, the Blind Beggar of Jericho.  What emerges is a tribute to a kind of faith that acts up and reaches out. Jesus...

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On Weak Christians – Augustine

Augustine on the duty of pastors to strengthen weak Christians. The weak are those who want to live a good life but are unable to endure the sufferings that inevitably threaten. Some are so ill that they are like the paralytic who needed to be...

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The Sons of Zebedee – Ambition vs. Servant Leadership

Brothers John and James, the sons of Zebedee, had ambition. When they make their famous request for places of honor In Mark's gospel, Jesus takes the opportunity to give them a lesson on the nature of true greatness as loving and serving, even to the...

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The Rich Young Man and King Solomon

Both the Rich Young Man in Mark's Gospel and King Solomon had a very difficult choice to make. In a similar moment of decision, what would be the desire of your heart? Wisdom and adventure, or comfort and convenience? Where do true riches...

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Jesus’s Miracles – the Deaf Mute & Compassion

"Ephphatha!" The miracles of Jesus, particularly the story of Jesus' healing of the deaf-mute in the Gospel of Mark, raise a big questions -- did Christ truly work miracles and if so, was his motivation compassion or glory?...