How Jesus Used His Trial To Teach Christology: The Mark Series pt 62 (14:53-72)

Mark is one of the favorite books of skeptics of Christianity. They will sometimes say that it has “low Christology” (a low view of who Jesus was) and suggest that this is evidence that belief in the deity of Christ came not from Jesus and the apostles teachings but from other people “developing” Christianity afterward. […]

Jesus Dreaded The Cross: The Mark Series pt 61 (14:32-52)

I’m not exaggerating when I say that this passage of the Gospel of Mark records Jesus’ most intense, emotional low point, full of agony, and absolute dread. Theological liberals will sometimes distort the agony of Christ in this passage while conservatives have sometimes minimized it. In fact, I would say that it has been radically […]

Relearning The Last Supper: The Mark Series pt 59 (14:12-26)

I remember the first time I read through this passage. I definitely missed out on MOST of the wonderful stuff that is in here for us to enjoy. But even after years of studying the Bible I think it’s easy to miss out on some of the subtle and powerful truths hidden in the text. […]

"The Poor You Will Always Have With You": The Mark Series pt 58 (14:1-11 again)

I have often heard this passage used in ways that I don’t think it was ever intended to be. In this study we are going through the anointing of Jesus by Mary, but unlike last time where we handled a rather complex set of questions about how this passage supposedly shows irreconcilable contradiction in the […]

A Very Challenging "Contradiction" in the Gospels: The Mark Series pt 57 (14:1-12)

I almost gave up trying to resolve this supposed “contradiction” between Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Was Jesus anointed with oil/perfume once, twice or three times? Is there error in the Gospels about this? This is a rather complicated set of problems that will take time to unpack. In my study this week I searched […]

If Jesus Is God, Why Didn’t He Know Everything?: The Mark Series pt 56 (13:32-37)

People have been using this verse of Scripture to deny the deity of Christ for a long time. in reality, it’s actually a beautiful way of teaching the deity and humanity of Christ. We will go through it in detail and answer objections while trying to make sure we don’t lose the simple and profound […]

Why Did Pastor Chuck Predict the Rapture?: The Mark Series pt 55 (13:28-30)

I’ve had a number of people asking me about when pastor Chuck Smith predicted the rapture. It’s an uncomfortable topic for a Calvary Chapel pastor, which I am, and for someone who looks up to and deeply appreciates pastor Chuck, as I do. This is because Chuck Smith is the founder of Calvary Chapel and […]

The True Meaning of Jesus Washing The Disciples' Feet

This is one of my favorite Bible passages. I still remember when I was reading it and trying to figure out what sort of special meaning there was behind the actions of Jesus, and it hit me. I’m excited to get to share it with you. I’m not the first to discover this but it […]

It's Sad That We Still Fall For This: The Mark Series pt 51 (12:38-44)

Fakery, false spirituality and money-grubbing is a multi-million dollar industry. But it’s not new. Jesus warned us about these issues in the first century and they just keep coming up again and again. But I don’t think we would be wise to limit this warning to an issue that we see in some leaders. We […]

The Catholic Magisterium Is a LOT Like the Sanhedrin: The Mark Series pt 44 (11:27-33)

It seems eerie to me how similar the claims that Roman Catholicism makes are to the claims that the Pharisees and Sanhedrin were making in the time of Christ. The Pharisees claimed to have and oral tradition that wasn’t written down but was handed down through an elder-succession from Sinai to Jesus’ time (which was […]

When I Realized What it Meant I Was Amazed: The Mark Series pt 31 (9:14-29)

At first it seems like this story is dropped awkwardly into Mark 9 with no apparent reason. But studying the passage more carefully shows that it may well be a deliberate act on the part of God to illustrate the need for faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus. This poor boy, afflicted by […]

When Jesus Warns You, It's Best To Pay Attention: The Mark Series Pt 28 (8:13-26)

The problem here is that Jesus’ warning is a puzzle. But, looking at the passage in context it’s not that hard to see what it’s about. We’ll cover the meaning of “the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod”. We’ll also find out why Jesus healed a blind man in two stages and […]