It’s always a little unnerving when someone tries to control your reaction before they have even asked their question. It sets mental alarm bells ringing because if they were bringing you good news or asking you to do something you wanted to do then they wouldn’t need to tell you how to react.

What on earth is going on in this passage?

Readers can’t escape the fact that this text is about divorce. We can try as much as we want to abstract a generalized principle from the text about the nature of relationships. If we’re going to be faithful to the text, we must, in a sense, take what Jesus says seriously.

For the last while some of my friends and I have been handing in masters theses. These are the paper manifestation of pain, panic, and procrastination, along with occasional flashes of confidence that we might have a clue what we’re talking about.

I first approached this passage with some incredulity. The followers of Jesus, his disciples, the very men first chosen to hear the Son of Man’s teachings, are arguing about who is the greatest amongst themselves. Greatest in what? Knowledge? Who can run the fastest?

The Holy Spirit has descended on the first disciples, those who would come together to form a new community centered around their Crucified and Risen Messiah. Does this Holy Spirit pouring out have any connection to Jesus’s words on Sabbath?

I sat in a meeting last week and we had all come to the table feeling tired, distracted, and trying to beat the post lunch slump.  With that a friend spoke up and suggested it might be good to pray to focus, reflect and centre ourselves.  

It is easy to read the Bible (okay, it’s definitely not, but bear with me)... It’s easier to read the Bible without throwing your hands up in despair or furrowing your brow in confusion, when you know how it ends.