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What Happened to Those Verses? Part One

Since I’ve been preaching through the Gospel of Mark for about nine months total (with a few weeks off here and there) I thought I’d share with you one of the most daunting aspects of preaching through this particular book. If you pay attention to the last chapter of Mark in your English Bible, most of you will notice that verses 9-20 are marked in some way (probably with brackets) and a note is added telling you that the earliest manuscripts do not contain these verses.

News, Reviews, and Other Stuff

Womanhood and Biblical Interpretation Rachel Held Evans has been making the rounds on television promoting her new book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master.” Kathy Keller (wife of Timothy Keller) provides a great review and response here.

A Functional View of Voting Kevin DeYoung offers this helpful article on what we are actually doing when we vote. Here's his conclusion:

The Hole in Our Holiness

Followers of Christ are supposed to be holy people. And in one sense, we already are. Christ has become for us, “wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:30). In other words, we don’t have to achieve righteousness or holiness in order to be acceptable in God’s sight. Jesus has taken our place not only by bearing the penalty for our sin (Galatians 3:13) but also by fulfilling the requirements of God’s law for us, providing us with a substitute righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Indoctrinate Your Children

Mention the word “indoctrinate” these days and you’ll probably get varied responses. Those of a more conservative political bent are likely to envision rows of people in drab uniforms being taught to unquestioningly bend to the will of some totalitarian regime. More liberal folks may instead picture adults building and reinforcing racist attitudes in young children. Now, to be sure, both of these images are extremely negative and most likely both groups of people would want to avoid both imagined scenarios.

Abortion, Rape, and the Will of God

This week U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is being thrashed by the media and abandoned by fellow Republicans for saying that pregnancies resulting from rape are “something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock, of course, is not saying anything that should be controversial for conservative, evangelical Christians (or Roman Catholics, for that matter). He’s not claiming that rape is God’s will, but instead that every child, regardless of the circumstances of his or her conception, exists because God brought him or her into existence.

The Story of Revelation

“All Scripture is breathed out by God…” (2 Timothy 3:16) writes the Apostle Paul. Peter tells us that in the writing of the Bible, “men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit,” (2 Peter 1:21). Whatever we may say about the Bible, it is clear that the Apostles and the majority of those who claim to be their theological heirs and followers are a “people of the Book.” This “Book” has been suppressed, ridiculed, misused and dismissed throughout history, and yet through it all God’s people have remained devoted to believing and proclaiming its message.

Jesus has a Wife

Some of you have probably already seen the news report: apparently, Jesus had a wife. Sort of. A well-known scholar from Harvard University, Karen King, has recently made a public announcement and delivered a lecture about a small fragrant (slightly smaller than a business card) of a manuscript with eight lines of Greek text. The fifth line translates as, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’”.

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