Some Thoughts on Mark 1, The Church, and Power

Part 3: What the Church Needs. Now. We've been taking the last Sunday of each month the past couple of months to visit other churches in our area. This, in conjunction with our travels to preach in various churches, gives us the opportunity to see how the Lord is working in our part of the… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Mark 1, The Church, and Power

Some Thoughts on Mark 1, The Church, and Preaching

Part 2 of 3: What the Church Needs to be Preaching. Now. In part one of this short series of posts, I talked about what I think the church needs to be doing now, namely, preparing the way for the coming of Jesus. By preparing the way, I mean: calling people to repentance. It may… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Mark 1, The Church, and Preaching

Some Thoughts on Mark 1, the Church, and Repentance

Part 1 of 3: What the Church Needs to be Doing. Now. Been thinking about church. I do that a lot for some reason. It's not like I have anything else to do with my time. (/sarcasm). The truth is, I'm fairly heavily involved with my local church through helping lead worship (singing, playing guitar,… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Mark 1, the Church, and Repentance

New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts, Mark 1-2

I have posted new prayer thoughts and homiletical points at A Pastor’s Prayer Journal. Here’s an excerpt: I have studied through Mark in depth five or six times and taught it in various situations at least four or five times. It is my favorite Gospel of the four perhaps because of it’s quick pace, literary… Continue reading New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts, Mark 1-2

David Garland on Desperation & Faith

Friends, Yesterday I came across that stunning quote by the late Mike Yaconelli. Today, during some more preparation, I came across this quote by David Garland in the NIV Application Commentary on Mark’s Gospel (5:21-43): “Faith is impelled by desperation that Jesus is sufficient to meet whatever need one has. The ruler and the woman… Continue reading David Garland on Desperation & Faith