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Mark, prioritized.

It matters little (if anything) for preaching as to which Gospel was written first. All are Scripture; all are witnesses to Christ. One holds no claim as primary over the others.

Yet the question which came first? almost can’t help but be asked. The answer most moderns have settled on is that Mark came first, with the mythical Q alongside, with Matthew and Luke following with Mark as at least a template. Mark is shorter, Mark shares a surprising amount of material with these two Gospels, etc., etc. You can go read the articles and commentaries — there are plenty out there to chew on.

What those who have gone this route haven’t seemed to notice, for the most part, is that Mark is not primitive, is not basic, but is instead what one gets when something larger is honed down, sharpened, worked over. Mark is complex.


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5 May 2017 at 12:36 am

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Theological Positions

Many theological positions are taken, not because Scripture has been read as saying this or that, but rather due to a horror of the incomplete, or, perhaps better, an inability to wait, a lack of patience.

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2 May 2017 at 12:07 pm

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You’re Still A Person

Social media may make us feel more connected with each other, with more and more connections spread out — quite possibly — all around the world. The reality, however, is that you are still a person, all alone, who has real problems and real fears. Paint your best self for the world to see — you know the truth. But so does Jesus — and unlike the people we put on our best faces for, Jesus isn’t put off by how we really look, smell, or seem. He gives we who are otherwise hopeless reason for hope, because he has defeated sin and death. Since he has done that, nothing about you is too much to keep him away, or for him to handle.

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1 May 2017 at 2:55 pm

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