Pearls Before Swine

Of all the rules and regulations designed to shepherd writers into coherency, “know your audience” is perhaps the most paramount. An essay may be expertly researched, a song beautifully scored, and a movie stunningly edited, but if the final product is not conscious of its audience, the message will, at best, fall on deaf ears.... Continue Reading →

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The Wages of Revival

“Those hired at five o’clock came up and were each given a dollar. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them one dollar. Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager, ‘These last workers put in only one easy... Continue Reading →

Listen

Listen Oh God, when I cry Listen Dear Lord, when I pray Listen From the depths From the dark From the hell where only Your touch can reach Listen * You reached down Come up higher And pulled me through Sit down here A battle no man could win A mountain no deer could scale... Continue Reading →

Make Room at the Table

I wrote this essay with my own church in mind, but the principle applies globally... Are you willing to make room at the table for everyone, or have you already culled your guest list? We are on the cusp of something great. It is being preached from the pulpit; you can hear it in the... Continue Reading →

That’s All There Is (Mark Ch.16)

"...there isn't any more." As the final essay I wrote for my Gospel of Mark class, this paper strays into some speculative territory... Personally, I have my own theories surrounding the creation of John-Mark's Gospel and its sudden ending. True or not, I hope you enjoy it. There is much speculation about whether or not... Continue Reading →

Through a Glass, Darkly (Mark Ch.15)

The tearing of the Temple veil in two is one of my favorite moments in the Gospels... Hopefully this essay shows you why. The 15th Chapter of the Gospel of Mark contains the record of Christ’s trial by Pilate, beatings and humiliation, crucifixion, and ultimate death. These events are well-known—and it could be said that... Continue Reading →

Going Once, Going Twice (Short Story)

This is technically my fourteenth paper for my Gospel of Mark class, but it's definitely not a formal paper. Half of me was tired of writing basic papers, and the other half of me couldn't come up with anything original to say about Mark 14 that hadn't already been said. So I decided to push the envelope... Continue Reading →

Wars and Rumors of Wars (Mark Ch.13)

"...but the time is not yet..." From our comfortable vantage point of the 21st Century, modern-day Christians have the luxury of reading Jesus’ frightening warnings in Mark Chapter 13 and recognizing that He was prophesying about several events at once. As is often the case with prophecy, Jesus’ poetic warnings have both a present-minded, “literal”... Continue Reading →

Give Their Glory Unto Others (Mark Ch.12)

The problem with being a Bible school student is that God (and your professors) won't let you get away with just the surface interpretation of Scripture... You can't just surmise, "Oh, Jesus was definitely talking about the Pharisees here," and walk away. If your paper isn't personal yet, it probably isn't done! As John-Mark’s Gospel... Continue Reading →

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