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Mark’s Gospel

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Detachment – the Cost of Discipleship

There is a cost of discipleship -- Jesus sometimes calls us to leave behind professions, friends, even family. Does that mean that work and human relationships are at odds with growing in our relationship with God?...

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James & John, Prime Ministers Zebedee

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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Bartimaeus and Outrageous Faith – Dr. Italy

The story of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar who met Jesus on the road to Jericho, is a dramatic event from the Gospel of Mark that illustrates something very important about the true nature of Christian faith....

Authority over Demons

Demons. Satan. Beelzebub. Lucifer. The Devil. Known by various names, evil spirits are to be found in the Bible, both New and Old Testaments. Jesus casts them out and has authority over them. What do we now make...

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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?...

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Humility and True Greatness

When asked what the four cardinal or hinge virtues were, St. Bernard of Clairvaux replied "humility, humility, humility, and humility." This article explains what humility is and why it is so central to Christian life, in light of Jesus' conversation with James & John, the...