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The Gospel of Judas: A Response to the Overview

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

In the last article I presented an overview of the Gospel of Judas, based upon chapter six of Ehrman’s book: The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot.  I realize now that I should have included some kind of response and compared the contents to orthodox Christianity.  The following is adapted from an article I published in April 2006 when the […]

“What Jesus Demands from the World” -Demand #2: Repent

Friday, January 26th, 2007

A continuing series reflecting on the book: “What Jesus Demands from the World”, By John Piper  (Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2006, 400 pgs.) Jesus began his public ministry with the declaration: “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” (Matt. 4:17)  What is repentance? What does it mean, and more important, what did Jesus mean […]

Mark 14:53-65 Jesus On Trial: Before The Sanhedrin

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Following his arrest, Jesus was taken to the high priest and before a hastily called session of the Sanhedrin.  The trial of Jesus can be divided into two parts- first the religious trial before the Sanhedrin, and second the legal/political trial before Pilate and Herod Antipas (However, the Gospel of Mark does not include the appearance […]

Mark 14:43-52 The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

     Vs. 43-45  Judas showed up that night with a whole gang of officials and Temple guards fully armed.  He had probably observed Jesus slip away from crowds on numerous occasions and decided to leave nothing to chance.  In the dim light flowing through the orchards on the Mount of Olives at night, it was necessary for Judas to […]

Mark 14:32-42 Gethsemane

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

     Vs. 32-34  Following the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples travel to the Mount of Olives to spend the night, then on to the garden or orchard of Gethsemane on the lower slopes of the Mount.  This was one of Jesus’ favorite places to go, particularly for prayer and meditation.  

“What Jesus Demands from the World” -Demand #1: You Must Be Born Again

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

A continuing series reflecting on the book: “What Jesus Demands from the World”, By John Piper  (Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2006, 400 pgs.)   Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” -John 3:3;  Jesus answered, …” Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must […]

The Gospels Vs. The Quest for the Historical Jesus

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

John Piper has some great comments about the Gospels and the ‘Quest’ of modern Biblical scholarship for the ‘real’ Jesus. See the section in the intro of his newest book (“What Jesus Demands from the World“) called: “A Word to Biblical Scholars”. He points out that much of what passes for “the assured results of […]

Mark 14:22-26 The Lord’s Supper

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

     Vs. 22  The guys were still eating and probably talking and enjoying themselves.  Then Jesus took some bread, gave thanks, and broke it, giving some to each one of them.  He said: “Take; this is my body.”  The whole tone of the supper changed in a moment.  I’m sure that all of a sudden you […]

Mark 14:17-21 ‘The Prophecy of Betrayal’ at The Last Supper

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

     Vs. 17-19   The Passover meal was in progress when Jesus proclaimed that one of his closest twelve, who were right there eating with him, would actually end up betraying him.  Each one reacted to the question, whether they might be the one (“is it I?”), only Judas and Jesus really knew the truth.  The rest of […]

Mark 14:12-16 The Provision of The Upper Room

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

     Vs. 12-13  The disciples ask Jesus about preparations for the Passover meal.  This story is similar to the story of the donkey.  Jesus prophetically sends two of his disciples to find the provider of the upper room.