Living Compassionately

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In Mark 1:40-41, we read, “A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. ‘If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,’ he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be healed!’ (emphasis mine). Mark tells us Jesus wasn’t just […]

In Jesus Name

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Right at the start of his gospel, Mark unequivocally makes the claim that Jesus is not only the “Christ”, or the “Messiah” but even more provocatively, He is the “Son of God”. The Messiah was understood by most Jews to be a powerful political leader who would deliver Israel from its oppressors but he would […]

Lest We Forget

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Leanne and I have our son and his family living with us as they renovate a recently purchased house. So, we are living with and around a five-year-old, a two-year-old and an 11-week-old. It’s wonderful!! But we are regularly reminded of what it was like when we were a young family. The five-year-old gets distracted […]

Overview Mark’s gospel

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For several months I’ve been ‘slow reading’ a book called God Walk. Around the time of Good Friday I reached chapter 12, ‘Walking as suffering’. It was really appropriate to consider Jesus’ walk along the Via Dolorosa—the way of suffering—to the cross (with Resurrection Sunday poking its head around the corner). But Jesus’ journey to […]

Follow Me

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There was a guy who decided that he repaint the inside of his house. One day a friend stopped by to see how he was doing. He was lying on the floor, in a pool of sweat, totally exhausted and wearing two coats. “Why are you wearing two coats?”, his friend asked. The guy said, […]