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: Embodying Forgiveness

HOW SHALL WE describe the Christian Way? We are, each of us, apprentices of a master craftsman. A pattern of life entrusted to us through baptism. Like any apprentice, we need a mentor; and it is to Jesus of Nazareth we look for guidance and enlightenment if we wish to

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Artistry of Faith: Inhabiting (the) Prayer

 Our Father, who is in heaven, let your name be made holy, let your kingdom come, let your will be done, as in heaven so also on earth. Give us this day the bread of Life. And release us from our debts, as we also have released our debtors.  And

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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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