Out of His Mind

Then he went home; and the crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”  — Mark 3: 19b-21, 31-35

What a tumultuous scene! This Gospel takes us to Capernaum, the town Jesus adopted as his home after he was thrown out of Nazareth, the place where he grew up. Home, however, is anything but sweet or calm for Jesus. He and his newly chosen disciples are so engulfed by a swarming crowd, they couldn’t even eat. Pressing in on Continue Reading →

On Self-deception

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9

Have you ever met someone who is so right that they’re wrong? Someone whose self-centered happiness depends on their fervently-held delusions? A person who’s downright dangerous because they don’t know what they don’t know and what they think they know leads them to believe they’re superior to everyone else? That’s what the the first century church centered on the Gospel Continue Reading →

The Wrath of God: It’s Not What You Think It Is!

Photo Edward R. Dufresne

    One striking thing about Jesus is that he so often became angry. The Gospels detail a trail of fury that the Prince of Peace left in his wake. Time and again he raged at Satan, the embodiment of evil. Possessing demons and crippling disease made him livid. He vilified the Pharisees, railed against ingrates and excoriated the faithless Continue Reading →