Mark 2 is a fascinating chapter which begins with the story of a paralyzed man and his four friends (2:-12). When the four friends hear about Jesus’ ability to heal others, they stop at nothing for the chance to heal their friend: they carry him to the house where Jesus is staying, and finding it too full to get in… [Read more…] about Unfolding Scripture: Mark 2
Mark’s Gospel begins with his thesis statement: “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1). Mark’s selection of parables, his presentation of Christ’s miracles, and his overall tone will all serve his desire to present Jesus as being truly God and truly man. [Read more…] about Unfolding Scripture: Mark 1
In the winter of 2014, I had the privilege of going on a journey through the Gospel of Mark with a group of students at one of my high schools. To set the stage for this study, I began by giving them an overview of the Bible as well as three claims Catholics place on what we read in Scripture. Here’s the first half of that conversation:
At New Year’s, people of faith will often make a resolution to work their way through the Bible over the course of the coming year. And while these resolutions are sincere, that experience often hits a wall sometime in February or March when these people hit the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy: books of the law which can be for many a difficult read. The reason for this is that the Bible is not like any other book: reading it from cover to cover does give you a clear, narrative story; and as a reference book or textbook it can be difficult to understand. [Read more…] about Unfolding Scripture Part 1: What is the Bible and Where is it From?