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Mark 7: The one where Jesus is a jerk

This is Jesus as #TheResistance, getting right up in the face of the Kingdom gatekeepers, defending the poor and the weak. This Jesus makes my little liberal heart swell. But then this other story drops in, casually and unwelcome, like a fart in an elevator. 

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Mark 6 – It’s a dinosaur!

Jesus has been preaching and healing, healing and preaching. And it's going well. We are now past the point where he's a hipster messiah that only the "cool" sick people know about. People are coming from miles around to watch him do his thing. And then, things get really weird. I'm not going to quote the whole… Continue reading Mark 6 – It’s a dinosaur!

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Mark 5: Suffering from many doctors

The truth is, the Church has a long history of excluding undesirables, sometimes altogether, sometimes from leadership, and sometimes relegating them to second class status. People whose skin color is the wrong shade. People who are the wrong gender. People who love wrong. We are not nearly as evolved from these first century Jews as we'd like to think.

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Mark 2: Jesus is all outta bubblegum

Jesus's message to the power brokers of the day is pretty clearly that he is all outta bubblegum. He is here to announce that change is coming -- indeed, that it is here, that it is at hand -- that there is a new way of doing things, and it is going to disturb their conventions, it will not align with their agendas, and it will flip just about every apple carp of expectation they have ever built.

Devotional · Music · Worship

Good, Good Father?

Every time this song came on the radio, I would cry out to God in my distress. Just like the Psalmist and every preacher and Sunday school teacher and worship song had taught me to do. And God did not answer.

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Books I Read During Baseball Season III: Non-Fiction

Summary reviews of some non-fiction books I read during the baseball season.