Mark 12:18-13:2: Jesus, the Kinsman-Redeemer IntroductionAll the indicators are that these conversations are taking place in the Temple. Jesus returned to the temple in 11:27 and it appears that Jesus continued there teaching until he leaves in 13:1 (cf. 12:35). He has talked with and judged the “priests, scribes and elders”, dealt with the Pharisees,…

Exhortation In the modern day there are many attacks leveled at the Bible. But one of the most common is that the Bible is chauvinistic. The Bible, it is maintained, subjects women to abuse and approves of demeaning their status in the world. But not only do the feminist alternatives prove this ridiculous, the Bible…

Three to Get Ready

Ordination & Installation Service Processional: (All Standing)Doxology Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit!All: And blessed be His kingdom, now and forever. Amen! Celebrant: The Lord be with you!All: And with your Spirit! Celebrant: Let us pray: O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful…

Eucharistic Meditation You are God’s possession. He has purchased every one of you with the blood of Jesus, and He has placed the renewed image of Christ on your heads and named you with His name in baptism. But it is sometimes tempting to come to this table as the prodigal son returned to his…

Mark 12:1-17: Whose Image, whose property, whose fruit? IntroductionHere, Jesus begins speaking in parables again, signifying further judgment on the priests, the scribes, and the elders (Mk. 4:11-12). Jesus has just finished enacting judgment: the triumphal entry, cursing the fig tree, clearing the temple, and instructing His disciples to pray for its destruction. His authority…

Exhortation What are you praying for? What are you expecting any minute now, any day now? The Bible teaches very plainly that God uses the prayers of men, women and children to accomplish His ends. God used the prayers of Abraham to heal Abimelech and save Lot from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. He…

The Church as Body and Building We know that the Church is a divine institution. In fact it almost seems sacrilegious to even call the Church an “institution”. The Church is just the Church, and the New Testament analogies fall largely within the categories of architecture and anatomy. The Church is the Body of Christ…

I bought gas … for $1.99/gallon yesterday. And then I saw another station with gas for $1.97/gallon. Obviously, these a signs of the immanent end of the world.

Fibonacci Poetry and Covenantal Streakers The following are a few thoughts generated by my Old Testament class last week. Naturally, beginning with Genesis, there had to be some discussion of Genesis 1-2 and what the Biblical answer is to Evolution and more generally, modern science. Dr. Schwab, the Old Testament professor at Erskine, graduated from…