Mark 1:9-11: The Pleasure Principle

By Stephanie Buckhanon CrowderI must admit the title of this article refers me to an unusual source. Yes, as I write a biblical commentary, I cannot help but recall a song that is not rooted in the Bible. It is a pop song – not a hymn, spiritual or sacred anthem – that pricks my attention. I am not a Janet Jackson aficionado, but her song, “The Pleasure Principle” from 1987 has a few lines that are still appealing almost 25 years later: “I’m not here to feed your insecurities. I wanted you … [Read more...]

Mark 1:4 – 11: Does Baptism Make for Better Presidents?

By Andy WattsChristians seem to have a genetic disposition for describing people and events through a biblical lens. It makes sense. We are story-formed people, and the Bible shapes our political, moral and social imaginations.It follows, then, that our judgments about Presidents and presidential candidates will also arise from our Bible-shaped imaginations. … [Read more...]


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