October 27, 2020

Reconsider Jesus – The Exorcist (Mark 1:21-28)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents The Exorcist 21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Temptation (Mark 1:12-13)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents The Temptation 12 Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness. 13 And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Baptism (Mark 1:9-11)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents The Baptism 9 About that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 As soon as Jesus came out […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Forerunner (Mark 1:4-8)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents The Forerunner 4 This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented […]

Reconsider Jesus – Roots (Mark 1:1-3)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents Roots 1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will […]

The Lost World of the Torah (2) — How ANE Laws Work

The Lost World of the Torah (2) How ANE Laws Work We are considering John Walton’s book, The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context. Walton is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, and an editor and writer of many OT studies and commentaries, focusing attention on […]

The Lost World of the Torah (1) — Introduction

The Lost World of the Torah (1) Introduction Though [it] is a popular view, we will contend, in contrast, that Scripture is not a body of information containing propositions that are always valid in all places and times. Instead, we will find much greater need to resist the thinking that there is a divinely inspired […]

Is God saying something to us?

Seen on Facebook this week: • Hear it again: “God allows trials to come our way to get our relationship back in tune with Him in order to keep us from eternal calamity.” Is that what God is saying to us in these challenging days? Is a text from 2 Chronicles a word from heaven […]

Another Look: Now there’s a story

One of my favorite stories in scripture is that of the patriarch Jacob. Or, “that rascal,” as I like to call him. From birth, Jacob was never anything but a piece of work. His entire life was one giant con. Born trying to supplant his brother’s place (which is the meaning of his name), Jacob lived as […]

Bruggemann: Our life with God — characteristically open and unsettled

Ah, when I need something to really chew on, Walter Bruggemann is always a good go-to. I have testified here at IM to a journey of having learned something much different than what I was taught in my evangelical background. That is, that God and his people, particularly as portrayed in the Hebrew Bible, share […]