Waterfalls: Mark 6

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Some years ago, Marilyn and I visited the Canadian side of the spectacular Niagara Falls. Kept dry by thin plastic parkas, we ventured close to the base of the great falls in a boat called the Maid of the Mist. Later, we followed a cave-like pathway behind the cascading wall of water. Then from above, […]

The Parable Of A Man Too Distracted to Notice

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A few years ago, a photographer by the name of Eric Smith posted a photo on his Instagram of a magnificent sight of a humpback whale and her calf at Redondo Beach, California, surfacing right beside a guy on his sailboat. It had the following caption: “A sign of the times. Hey dude! Stop texting. […]

Why Parables?

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When Jesus was on Earth, He chose to speak in parables.  This was in keeping with the LORD telling Isaiah how he would speak to his fellow Israelites (Isaiah 6:9-10): 9 He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ 10 Make the heart of […]

Do Life With Jesus

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Throughout the gospels we’re told of how large crowds would follow Jesus.  The word crowd appears in 14 of Mark’s 16 chapters.  In the short passage we’re looking at this week (Mark 3:7-35) we are told of two different times where Jesus encountered crowds.  On one occasion there were so many people crowding around Jesus and his […]

Snakes! Brood of vipers! Blind guides! Whitewashed tombs!

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‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild’, so goes the opening lines of the hymn authored by Charles Wesley but is he? On any impartial reading of the gospels, the answer is ‘yes and no’. Last week, we saw vividly Jesus’ gentleness and compassion for the leper and his suffering. Who could forget his tender response to […]