Trinity Talk (Page 2)

Trinity Talk (Page 2)

Mark 6 | Don’t Be Hangry, Trust in God

When I was a child living in Wyoming, my family went through a particularly hard time. My dad was a pastor of a small church that had recently grown smaller because he had refused to compromise on preaching truth. Needless to say, during this season our finances were virtually nonexistent and our cupboards were bare. We had two pot pies left in the bottom of the freezer and my mom cooked them for my brother and I. We were so…

Mark 5 | Healer of Body & Soul

“But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Mark 5:33-34 Several months ago, I read the book Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar as a part of TCC’s historical fiction book club (which I highly recommend, Rebekah knows her stuff and always recommends a…

Mark 4 | Listen and Hear!

…while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:“Listen!…” (Mark 4:1-3) In Mark 4, Jesus was no longer using the orthodox method of teaching in the Synagogue. He had moved his arena into the open air by the lakeside placing him among the crowds of ordinary men and women. Standing in a boat facing the shore, the gentle rise of the land gave the effect of…

Mark 3 | Sabbath Seriously

The Gospel of Mark is like an action movie. It records the events of Jesus’ ministry in scene after scene using words like “immediately” or “at once, without delay.” It can be a challenge to keep up with all that is happening. For example, in this chapter, we have five scenes involving Jesus interacting with hundreds (or thousands) of people. We see a man, a group of religious leaders, a large crowd, the twelve, another large crowd, and Jesus’ own…

Mark 2 | Traditions Die Hard

Our reading today takes us through the second chapter of the Gospel of Mark. This chapter records the growing hostility between the Son of God and the Jewish religious leaders who opposed Him. We are often critical of these leaders for their resistance to Jesus’ ministry and we should be. But it is helpful to first have a little background to help understand why these men were so opposed to His ministry. By the time Jesus came to Israel the…

Mark 1 | The Gospel In The Voice of God

 “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11  The first chapter of the Gospel of Mark is direct and straight to the point. We don’t read…

Philemon | Everyone Needs A Second Chance

The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything! The book of Philemon tells a powerful story of how the gospel restores those relationships torn apart by sin. Philemon is a short but beautiful letter from the Apostle Paul (who was in prison for the gospel) to Philemon, a Gentile believer in Colosse (Col. 4:19), in whose house a church meets. Paul writes on behalf of Onesimus, a run away slave who had recently been converted under Paul’s ministry. He had been serving…

Titus 3 | Living The Regenerated Life of Renewal

Paul was instructing Titus on how he should pastor the Church in Crete. His instruction was consistent with his other letters to the churches. There is much to remind us of how we should live our lives. “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:1-2  But Paul…

Titus 2 | Teach Sound Doctrine

“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:2). In chapter 2, Paul calls Titus to do his part in opposing the practices of those false teachers who, according to chapter 1, had failed to proclaim God’s truth accurately (Vs. 1:10-16). Titus is to do just the opposite. Rather, he must “teach what accords with sound doctrine.”  “Sound doctrine” refers to healthy, solid, reliable teaching. He is to do his best to teach without error, distortion, or…

Titus 1 | Don’t Be A Cretan

As we have just completed the letters that Paul wrote to Timothy, we now come to one written to his lesser-known companion, Titus. Collectively, these letters are known as the Pastoral Epistles because they give instruction to church leaders on how to lead properly. Paul has been traveling throughout the Gentile world establishing churches and he at times leaves behind his protégés whom he calls sons to further the work that he began. Such is the case in Crete where…