Parable is a Verb In chapter 4, Mark introduces us to the parables of Jesus. With the exception of 3:23ff, this is the first place where Jesus tells parables and begins to explain his use of them. There are a seven verses in chapter 4 which refer to parables, a significant concentration of actual parables…

A Presbyterian Family Tree I found this on Wikipedia.com under “presbyterianism”. A little sad, a littler interesting… If you click on the picture it will enlarge and you don’t have to get out your bifocals.

An exotic pair of boxers Proverbs 12:16: “A fool’s wrath is presently known; but a prudent man covereth shame.” Proverbs 12:23: “A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.” Just a couple of observations: First, verse 16, “a prudent man covereth shame.” Prudence and understanding seem rarely to be linked with…

Budding Talent River explores the intricacies of body art. There are very good possibilities here. The picture says it all.

Eucharistic Meditation You may have noticed that there have been several meals thus far in the gospel of Mark or at least implied meals. In chapter one, Jesus calls the first four disciples and when Peter’s mother-in-law is healed of her fever, she gets up and serves them. We assume she served them tea and…

Mark 3: From the House of Bondage to the House of God IntroductionLast week we saw how Jesus ministry is focused on rebuilding the house of Israel. And this project is bringing the history of Israel to a radical head. Faithful Israel must follow Jesus as their Bridegroom or else be swept away like the…

Exhortation Jesus said: “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.” (Mk. 3:28-30) Many people have speculated as…

A Walk We’re taking a walk. My son needs coaxing to keep up with us. He’s enthusiastic, no doubt. And that appears to be the main challenge. He’s enthusiastic about everything. “What’s that, dad?” He’s squatting as only a two year old can squat, elbows leaning on knees, head bent forward, scrutinizing the sidewalk. “It…

For Grandma and Oma

Eucharistic Meditation Jesus says: “Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days. No one sews a…