Mark XIV: All Things Well - Mark 7:24-8:26

After Jesus broke down the cleanliness barrier between Jew and Gentile, He then leads His disciples into Gentile territory to spread His ministry to the nations, performing healings, exorcisms, and a miraculous feeding. Do His disciples understand what He’s doing, or even what it means for who He is? Are their ears and eyes working?When Jesus goes to Tyre, He’s actually more of a refugee than a missionary. Ever since He attracted Herod’s attention, He’s been on the move, and after He challenges the Pharisees on the clean/unclean question, He leaves Jewish territory altogether. He tries to hide away under…

Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Mark XIII: Defiled Hands, Defiled Hearts - Mark 6:45-7:23

Mark 6:45-7:23 gives us a mini recap of Jesus’ ministry – we see him working miracles, healing, and teaching, piling up more and more evidence that He is indeed the Son of God and the Messiah. Just after the feeding of the 5000, Jesus sends His disciples across the sea of Galilee towards Bethsaida, and joins them later in the middle of the storm, walking beside them on the water, much to their shock and amazement. After landing, Jesus is thronged by crowds seeking to be healed. We’ve seen a bread-from-heaven miracle and a supernatural sea-crossing followed by healings. Mark 6Unfortunately,…

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Mark XII: Responding to the Shepherd - Mark 6:1-44

This collection of episodes gives us a whole list of options to answer Mark’s big question: “Who is Jesus?”. As Mark retells the story of Jesus’ ministry, we’re given a front row seats to watch these various groups of people try puzzle it out through different answers. And in the way Mark reveals these events, these various answers are put to the test: which answer really captures who Jesus is? Which answer changes your life?To the people of Nazareth, Jesus is a handyman who’s gotten all high and mighty. And what happens as the result of this belief? Because of…

Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2018 by CJ Bowen