Posts from July 2014

Thoughts on: Mark 5

Mark 5 contains three remarkable stories of Jesus’ power and authority. The first half of the chapter concerns the releasing of a non-Jewish man held under by a legion of demons. The second sees Jesus back in Jewish territory healing a desperately sick woman and healing (that is, bringing back to life!) a 12 year old girl who had died. A few thoughts come to mind. First off, I am comforted. The demon-possessed man in the first half lived a…

Thoughts on: Mark 4

Please note: this is very much a thinking in progress. I’m still trying to work this particular passage out fully. What follows is just my personal wrestling with the text. Any insight is welcome Mark 4 begins with the well-known parable of the sower. In fact, the chapter has quite a few parables in it – and some of the stuff Jesus says is hard to understand. The verse that strikes me is verse 22: For everything that is hidden…