The Mark Series, Part 2: Did Jesus Do Politics?

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For two millennia, Christians have faced the question of how to engage in politics. Some Christians have advocated complete abstention from political discourse. Others have advocated full political participation. Still others have advocated only getting involved when absolutely necessary. Indeed, politics is one of the largest sources of contention for believers, causing church splits, anger, and divisiveness. I have seen this firsthand.

But we need not shy away from this proverbial “elephant in the room”, because the Bible tells us exactly how Jesus responded to politics in his day, and through his example, we can learn how to live in these troubled times.

The Mark Series, Part 1: You Hypocrites!

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The very first lesson we learn is that Jesus condemns rules without righteousness, and he detests the rote observance of religious rituals without a heart that truly desires to obey God.

What was originally set apart as a day of rest and spiritual refreshment had been transformed by the Pharisees (the Jewish religious leaders of the day) into a tedious observance of thirty-nine mostly extrabiblical rules on what not to do. They missed the entire point of the Sabbath: to symbolize the covenant between God and Israel (Exodus 31:12-17) and to refresh God’s people (Exodus 23:12).

Risen…Or Not? – Part 3

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Last Easter, we established that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ did, in fact, occur. Today, as we celebrate the Resurrection once more, we will resolve aspects of the Resurrection story in all four Gospel accounts that are often viewed as contradictions. From this, we see, once and for all, that the story of Easter is not a hoax, but an accurate retelling of the greatest miracle in human history. He is risen indeed!

Men Walking as Trees

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In Mark 8:22-25, Jesus heals a blind man – twice. Among all four Gospels, this is a unique healing account. But what was going on here? Why was the man unable to perceive objects clearly after Jesus touched him the first time? Did Jesus make a mistake the first time, thus necessitating a second healing?

Did Jesus Ever Claim to Be the Son of God?

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Did Jesus ever claim to be the Son of God? This is a point of contention amongst Christians and non-believers alike. It has spawned countless novels, movies, and conspiracy theories. While it is easy to point to one of the writings of Paul or Peter to prove Jesus’ Divinity, some Christians wonder: what did Jesus himself have to say about…well, himself? Would he be content with being remembered as a prophet? A miracle worker? A wise teacher?

Is this a question that we can answer?

Risen…Or Not? – Part 2

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We established in the first article that Jesus was crucified and buried in a tomb that was later found empty. However, these facts alone do not conclusively prove that the Resurrection actually occurred. There are many theories that fit these facts, and we must consider each one before drawing a conclusion.

Risen…Or Not? – Part 1

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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ has generated more controversy, more retellings, and more of an impact than any other event in human history. Today, churches around the world are celebrating this crucial event. However, there are many who believe that Jesus never rose from the dead and that the Easter story is just an elaborate deception. Today, we will demonstrate that the main facts of the Resurrection story (as presented in the Gospels) are historically valid.