Today’s lesson involves an anonymous man who asked Jesus about gaining eternal life. ” ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ ” (Mark 10:17). The question is fair enough, although Jesus seemed to have a problem with the way the man addressed him. “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone” (Mark 10:18). Jesus’ odd response about God only being good seems to question Jesus’ divinity. How we feel about Jesus’ nature doesn’t undermine the central thesis, which focuses on gaining life in the spirit. The term “good” doesn’t seem particularly strong to us, but it mustRead More →

A small portion of today’s lectionary becomes our central message. Mark 10: 13-16 presents a response from Jesus that’s all about children. “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15). Jesus wasn’t saying that only children can obtain salvation. Also, we don’t know the age of the children that Jesus encountered in Mark’s passage. Whatever their ages, the issue is that there is something about being like a child that Jesus elevated. We don’t know precisely what Jesus was thinking, but we know that childhood can be described in two major ways.Read More →