Wingless Bones, Not Boneless Wings

Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Mark, Theology

“For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven” (Mk 12.25). The Sadducees were the 1st-century version of the 21st-century liberals.  They denied all things supernatural, especially any notion of bodily resurrection from the dead (cf. Mt 3.7; 16.1, 11-12; 22.23, 34; Lk […]

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July 6, 2018

And God said, “Let there be Dark”

Biblical Meditations, Mark

At  9am on a bright Friday morning, Roman soldiers crucified Jesus like they’d done a thousand other derelicts (Mk 15.25).  They drove spikes through his wrists or maybe they toenailed his hands.  They likely drove spikes through his heels on either side of the cross. They shot dice for his clothes.  Souvenirs of a Man hung […]

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November 1, 2016

A Tale of Two Betrayers

Biblical Meditations, John, Luke, Mark, Matthew

Matthew weaves a subtle thread through his crucifixion account.  While all the Gospel writers detail Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, only Matthew records what happened to Judas afterward (Mt 27.3-5; cf. Acts 1.18f.).  He does so in such a way to compare and contrast Judas with Peter: two deniers of Jesus.  And in contrasting these two betrayers, Matthew magnifies […]

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March 25, 2016

He Descended Into Hell

Biblical Meditations, Mark, Theology

Since last summer we have enjoyed the fellowship and ministry of a local Presbyterian church.  They have lovingly allowed me the privilege of the pulpit while they seek a pastor.  When the heavenly accounts are settled, we will be indebted to this congregation for their kindness to us.  The weekly liturgy and encouragement has helped us […]

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January 19, 2016

God’s Glory in a Full (and Limited) Atonement

Mark, The Gospel, Theology

Philip Bliss gave the church a treasure when he wrote the hymn “Man of Sorrows! What a Name” (1875).  There is no sweeter foretaste of heaven to hear your church belting out: Guilty, vile, and helpless we; Spotless Lamb of God was he; Full atonement! can it be? Hallelujah! what a Savior What is it […]

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June 14, 2010

Would Jesus Join the Tea Party?

Church Life, Current Events, Mark

And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12.17) Abraham Lincoln wrote in 1862 about the conflict over slavery between the Union and Confederacy “In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may […]

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April 26, 2010

The New Adam

Hebrews, Mark, Matthew, Philippians, Romans, Theology

For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous (Rom 5.19). The type/antitype relationship between Adam and Jesus in Romans 5 is a theological gold mine.  In a sense, we can simplify all men down to this relationship.  […]

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March 21, 2009