I had a lousy seminary course in mythology. Our teacher actually began his first lecture by telling us a myth was a fictional story made up by people who didn't know the truth. He assured us that we had to learn these myths only because next year we were to study the classic British poets like... more
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I can't emphasize enough the importance of today's gospel pericope. It not only sets the theme for Mark's entire gospel, it also gives us an insight into the historical Jesus' ministry.
Though I, like most of you, was taught the reason Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, came... more
Today's gospel passage presents us with the first of five consecutive conflict stories: narratives in which Jesus or his disciples say or do something. The "good folk" immediately object. Then Jesus says or does something to resolve the conflict.
In this particular pericope, Jesus... more
During a recent Krista Tippett NPR "On Being" show, Walter Brueggemann made an insightful observation. "I've given up using theological arguments to show that Scripture doesn't condemn homosexuality as we know it today. The problem is psychological, not biblical." The well-known Scripture... more