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Jesus’ Life Offers a Model of Contentment

by Drew Smith   We live in a restless and discontented age. Each day we are confronted with problems and circumstances that test our peace and contentment. We worry about financial problems, health problems, and family problems. We are anxious about raising our children, succeeding at work, and maintaining a certain standard of living. Moreover,…

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Jesus as Crucified Messiah, Son of God

by Drew Smith [ene_ptp]The penultimate event in each of the four canonical Gospels is the death of Jesus by crucifixion. As modern readers of these stories, particularly living in a world that celebrates violence, and especially after we swarmed theaters in 2004 to watch Mel Gibson’s depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus, we might wonder…

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Mark’s Unsatisfying, but Compelling Ending

by Drew Smith [ene_ptp]While all four canonical Gospels narrate women (In John it’s just one woman, Mary Magdalene) going to the tomb of Jesus, the scene in Mark is a bit remarkable to say the least. To understand the distinctive nature of Mark’s resurrection story, or, as some have suggested, an empty tomb story, we…

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Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

by Drew Smith   Those of us who have read the Gospels, or who are even remotely familiar with the teachings of Jesus, know that he often spoke in parables. Indeed, Jesus tells over 40 parables, some which are very familiar even among many non-Christians. But why did Jesus speak in parables? This is the…