Gospel of Mark Week: 8-Jesus’ assault on the powers of darkness

MARK 1:21-28 I knew all these facts, of course, but until reading this concise summary of Jesus’ announcement of the kingdom and his attack on evil, it never all came together being shown a planned progression (so to speak). Once I was shown, it was so obvious. So it is not Mark that is simple, [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 7-Choosing the disciples

MARK 1:16-20 Why so many fishermen? It never occurred to me to think about that since everywhere Jesus went the place seemed to be crawling with them. In support of that observation, here is some interesting information about Galilee and fish. There were many fishermen in Galilee. Josephus, who, for a time, was governor of [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 6-Tempted in the wilderness

MARK 1:12-13 Jesus faces the same ordeal that Adam and Israel endured in the OT (CCC 538-540). He is thus tempted by Satan among the wild beasts, as the first Adam was tempted amid the beasts in paradise. He likewise retraces the steps of Israel, being led into the wilderness by the Spirit and tested [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 5-The Baptism of Jesus

MARK 1:9-11 I’m so used to reading these passages and accepting them as matter of fact when, of course, there is nothing matter of fact about them. The “simple” fact of Jesus’ baptism carries a wealth of information that affects us deeply, as we can see. This not only helps me understand the great power [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 4-Word study “Repentance”

MARK 1:4 Repentance Metanoia (Gk): literally a “change of mind”. The word is used 22 times in the New Testament for a conversion of one’s entire life to the Lord. Based on similar OT concepts, it involves a twofold movement of the heart: one who repents turns away from sin (1 Kings 8:35; Ezek 18:30) [Read More...]

This Just In: Sense Nonsense – Updates

Sense Nonsense: Fundamental Propositions Not Too Good to Be True, Just Too Hard to Accept by Francisco J. Garcia-Julve Can I tell you that I was sitting at the Sense Nonsense book website just chuckling at the sayings rotating? (You can’t yet, but go take a look and you’ll see what I’m talking about.) They’re [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 3-The beginning of the Good News

MARK 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ [the Son of God] The first verse of the Gospel is a title to the whole work. Like Matthew and John, Mark opens with an echo of the book of Genesis. The beginning recalls the first line of the creation narrative in Gen 1:1, and  [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 2- More about the manuscript and some context

A couple of additional items to add to our previous look at the author of Mark and the manuscript. A fragment of 1st century manuscript of the Gospel of Mark has been discovered. We might think this is not that big a deal, but this bit of the interview about it shows the difference it [Read More...]

It’s a romance, it’s a ghost story, it’s like Oliver Twist: “Jane Eyre” at A Good Story is Hard to Find

Scott and I discuss whether men can read Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre versus The Hunger Games … and Scott’s one big question. All on A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more...]

Gospel of Mark Week: 1 – The Author and the Manuscript – UPDATED

So I’m reading this really great Catholic commentary on the Gospel of Mark and I remembered that I have a ton of Bible study stuff for the Gospel of Mark. So lets go through it together. I like the idea that the Gospel of Mark is just about as close to an eyewitness account as [Read More...]


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