Posts from April 2016

Posts from April 2016

Sign Me Up for Suffering

Many years ago I worked in a warehouse in North Carolina. The man who was the boss was a member of the church where I pastored and so I went into this job, as I have with every job I’ve held, with an understanding I would need to represent the Lord and my boss well in order to maintain my witness. What I soon discovered was rather amazing. Throughout the whole operation, there was an attitude by the workers that…

Breaking With Tradition

Our focus in today’s reading of Mark 3 is on verses 1-6 – the healing of “a man with a withered hand”. This is the last in a series of five stories that extends from Mark 2.1-3-6, all designed to demonstrate Jesus’ authority: He teaches with authority (1.22, 27), commands obedience from demonic powers (1.28), forgives sins (2.1-12), eats with the “riff-raff” tax collectors and sinners (2.13-17), ignores religious expectations about fasting (2.18-22), and side-steps respected Jewish tradition regarding healing…