How is the Kingdom of God Coming? Part 4

GIOTTO di Bondone, The Stefaneschi Triptych: Christ Enthroned, c. 1330, Tempera on panel, Pinacoteca, Vatican

Part 16 of series: What Was the Message of Jesus? In my last post in this series, I examined the passage in Mark 8 where Peter confessed Jesus as the Messiah (Mark 8:27-30). But, when Jesus starting talking about the Son of Man suffering and dying, Peter rebuked Jesus, who in turn rebuked Peter for [Read More...]

How is the Kingdom of God Coming? Part 3

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Any consideration of how the kingdom of God is coming must grapple with one of the most striking and surprising passages in the New Testament. The first chapters of the Gospel of Mark chronicle Jesus’ healings, exorcisms, parables, and controversies. Through his words and works, his true identity is seen, but not seen; it is [Read More...]

How is the Kingdom of God Coming? Part 2

This is the kind of coin that Jesus used to make his point about giving to Caesar what is owed to Caesar, and to God what is owed to God. Curiously, the Latin around the head of Tiberius Caesar reads TI CAESAR DIVI AUG F AUGUSTUS, or Tiberius Caesar Divi Augusti Filius Augustus, in English, Augustus Tiberius Caesar the Son of the Divine Augustus. Photo from http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=179249.

Part 14 of series: What Was the Message of Jesus? In my last post, I outlined some of the ways Jews in the time of Jesus answered the question: How is the kingdom of God coming? Though there were a variety of answers to that question, almost all Jews in the first century agreed that [Read More...]

How is the Kingdom of God Coming?

Cave 4 at Qumran, the source of many of the Dead Sea scrolls. This picture used by permission of HolyLandPhotos.org, an outstanding website of photos of biblical sites.

Part 13 of series: What Was the Message of Jesus? So far in this series, What Was the Message of Jesus?, we’ve seen that the core of Jesus’ proclamation was “the kingdom of God has come near” (Mark 1:15). In my most recent posts in this series, I focused on the question of when the [Read More...]


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