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Category Archives: Jesus is Better

  1. Friday – Mark 4:21-34

    Read – Mark 4:21-34 In this passage, Jesus follows his explanation of the parable of the sower with three more parables in quick succession. All three seem to answer the parable of the sower, in which Jesus tells us that he is the sower of the good news, and he passes that responsibility onto those…

  2. Thursday – Mark 4:1-20

    Read – Mark 4:1-20 Jesus begins his explanation of the parable of the sower by referencing Isaiah 6:9-10, which in the original context says, “Go and say to these people, ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’” While on the surface this seems to be a hopeless message,…

  3. Wednesday – Mark 3:20-35

    Read – Mark 3:20-35 Donald English writes that “to see and hear Jesus is to put oneself in the dangerous situation of having to choose.” Neutrality, in other words, is not an option. A passage like this calls to mind CS Lewis’s assertion that Jesus is either “liar, lunatic, or Lord.” Jesus’s family seems to…

  4. Tuesday – Mark 3:7-19

    Read – Mark 3:7-19 As the Pharisees begin to plot against Jesus for his healings and exorcisms, “a great crowd” grows around him to see the spectacle for themselves. At this point in Mark’s gospel, a little Old Testament history is in order (all emphasis is my own). You probably know the story of the…