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A locked path?

“I’m interested in how people understand things in present tense, and not how they tell the story back to themselves in the past. That’s why I’m not that interested in interviews. 522 more words

Matthew 27:31-32; Mark 15:20-21; Luke 23:26; John 19:16-17 -- If we were forced to bear the cross Christ bore

We know very little of this man of Cyrene, this Simon.  It is conjectured that he is the father of the Rufus mentioned in Romans 16:13, the only other Rufus mentioned in the Bible. 443 more words


Jesus and Purity (Part 1: Hand Washing)

In Mark 7:1-5 the Pharisees question Jesus over his lack of attention to the tradition of “hand washing” before meals. Jesus’ disciples do not wash their hands before a meal in order to avoid ritual purity, presumably the question directed at Jesus implies he was not requiring his disciples to follow a “tradition of the elders” (v. 546 more words


Matthew 19-20 – “All cannot accept this”

At times “large crowds followed” Jesus (Matthew 19:2), but it was not because He catered to whatever was pleasing to them.  When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about divorce… 233 more words


Matthew 27:22-26 -- His blood upon us

As I look at all the gospel accounts, the cries of the crowd shouting “Crucify!  Crucify!” resonate with me.

How it must have broken the heart of Jesus to see the ones he loved reject him so. 380 more words


How Political was Galilee?

Jesus is often described as a kind of revolutionary, a political operative who was subtly working to challenge Roman authority. Historical Jesus studies often examine the Roman presence in Galilee as well as the shock of increased urbanization in an otherwise agricultural region. 681 more words


Matthew 10 - Part 4

Matthew 10: 38-42 (The Reward of Service)

38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. 
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