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Author Drew Smith

Editor’s note: This column is the fourth part of a four-part Advent/Christmas series from the Gospel of Mark on waiting, hearing, repenting and believing. Read part one here, part two here and part three here. The biblical stories are replete with calls to believe and people who choose to believe or not to believe in […] Read More

Editor’s note: This column is the third part of a four-part Advent series from the Gospel of Mark on waiting, hearing, repenting and believing. Read part one here and part two here. In following the Gospel of Mark’s opening, what I have called Mark’s Advent story, I have suggested that the story calls us to […] Read More

Editor’s note: This column is the second part of a four-part Advent series from the Gospel of Mark on waiting, hearing, repenting and believing. Read part one here. The fundamental statement of belief from ancient Israel’s history is found in Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.” This confession […] Read More

The word Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming,” and the season that bears this title consists of the four Sundays before Christmas that look with anticipation to the coming of Christ. While we celebrate this time as a time of looking forward to the celebration of Christ’s birth, the practice of Advent each […] Read More

The story about Jesus feeding a multitude of people is one of the few stories about Jesus that is found in all four Gospels. This tells us that this story was of great importance for early Christians in describing who Jesus was and what Jesus’ ministry was about. And, while all four tell this story, […] Read More

When reading the New Testament, one discovers a great emphasis on love and unity. Indeed, the coming of the spirit at Pentecost is just one story that tells us that one of the primary works of the spirit is to unite together people from all walks of life in the community of faith. And, Paul […] Read More

It is often said that Jesus had more to say about money than any other subject. From his statements about wealth and possessions, to his parables about agriculture and land, to his calling his followers to invest in treasures in heaven, Jesus’ teachings are replete with the theme of wealth and possessions.  We might say […] Read More

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 more than 40 parables, many that are very familiar, such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan or the Parable of the Prodigal Son. But why […] Read More

Another Christmas has past, and as we put away decorations and return gifts, it is good for Christians to once again spend time reflecting on the meaning of Christmas, especially after the hoopla of a busy Christmas season. For centuries, Christians have celebrated this blessed event as the time in which God chose to be […] Read More

The Greek language, which is the language of the New Testament, can use more than one word to describe ideas and things. As such, the concept of time has two separate words. The Greek terms for time are chronos and kairos, each of which is translated by our English word time. But there is a […] Read More