A Journey through Mark – Part IV

Of all the healings attributed to Jesus, this one most resembles the work of a magician or shaman - the privacy, and arcane gestures of inserting fingers into ears and placing spittle on the tongue, and then the incantation, ‘Ephphatha’. But we must be careful not to jump to premature

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A Journey through Mark – Part III

You will remember that we considered the second part of this section in conjunction with Mark 3:6-19; here, we shall limit our discussion to verses 1-6. Throughout Mark’s Gospel, those who encounter Jesus within the context of his extraordinary ministry are challenged to respond. For some, that challenge becomes an

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A Journey through Mark – Part II

As Mark portrays so graphically in his opening chapters, Jesus’ ministry created quite an impact! In particular, his ability to perform miraculous healings proved to be a real ‘crowd-puller’ and led to speculation about the source of this rare talent and, by implication, Jesus’ identity.

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A Journey through Mark – Part I

Before we begin our study of Mark’s Gospel, it will be helpful to pause for a moment and consider the following question: How and why were details about Jesus’ life and ministry recorded? In the first century, there were no cameras or tape recorders, and writing materials were costly and

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Artistry of Faith: An Invitation

FROM THE BEGINNING, Christianity was known as ‘The Way’ and for good reason.  Jesus, the founder, summoned people to follow him and to share his vocation. Before long, this initial invitation found expression through an increasingly sophisticated set of beliefs which fostered the view that following the Christian Way was

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Artistry of Faith: Embracing Wisdom

THEOLOGY as a discipline is not a Christian innovation.  We know that there were Jewish theologians in first century Palestine, principally exegetes of Torah (Genesis – Deuteronomy).  And although the body of rabbinic interpretative literature we possess comes from the second century and beyond (eg Mishnah, Talmud and Midrash), in

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