The Next Step

While each of the gospel writers has their own style, pace and priorities – each is a masterful storyteller. Each weaves the accounts and stories into a meta-narrative that reveals something about the person of Jesus and thus is revelatory about the person of God. If your only encounter with the gospels is here on Sunday – while any encounter is a good one – you’re missing the whole of the narrative, missing the ebb and flow. It is like trying to understand the beauty of a quilt by staring into one patch. The one patch is beautiful, the stitching elaborate, but you miss the larger pattern, the greater beauty. Continue reading

The journey to Caesarea Philippi

Peter-do-you-love-meThis coming Sunday, the 24th Sunday, is taken from Mark 8:27-35. The account fits into a series of narratives that are part of the context of Mark’s narrative. One thing is clear: Jesus’ running debate with the Pharisees and the scribes from Jerusalem continues unabated – even continuing from before last Sunday’s gospel. Here is an outline of some recent Markan pericopes (stories).

  • The Feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6:34-44)
  • Jesus walks on the water (Mark 6:45-52)
  • The Healings at Gennesaret (Mark 6:53-56)
  • Conflict over the Tradition of the Elders (Mark 7:1-23) – 22nd Sunday
  • The Encounter with the Syrophoenician Woman (Mark 7:24-30)
  • Healing of the Deaf Man (Mark 7:31-37) – 23rd Sunday
  • Feeding of the 4,000 (Mark 8:1-10)
  • The Demand for a Sign (Mark 8:11-13)
  • Warning against the leaven of the Pharisees (Mark 8:14-21)
  • The Blind Man of Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26)
  • Peter’s Confession (Mark 8:27-35) – 24th Sunday

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