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‘Let no one who is not eager for truth and peace enter here’ (Plato)

Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.

Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?

Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin? Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this… The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to […]

Jesus is all you need!

If you never felt pain, then how would you know that I am a Healer? If you never had to pray, How would you know that I am a Deliverer? If you never had a trial, how could you call yourself an overcomer? If you never felt sadness, How would you know that I am […]

Book Review: Simply Jesus

10JANby Chaplain Mike IM Book Review Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters by N.T. Wright, HarperOne • • • “It is time, I believe, to recognize not only who Jesus was in his own day, despite his contemporaries’ failure to recognize him, but also who he […]

The Jesus Driven Life: Reconnecting Humanity with Jesus

I’ve just finished reading an outstanding book called “The Jesus Driven Life: Reconnecting Humanity with Jesus” by Michael Hardin (Lancaster: JDL Press, 2010). It is not easy to find, but can be ordered online from the author at http://www.preachingpeace.org/jdlpress/ Currently under $15. It comes with enthusiastic Foreword and Afterword by Brian McLaren and Walter Wink respectively, and […]

Jesus’ disciples

Jesus liberated us from the conventional social order. Jesus chose blue-collar workers for leaders. Do you think that’s just accidental? Why didn’t He go to Jerusalem and pick doctors of the law? Why didn’t He pick scholars?  Why didn’t He pick lawyers? Those would have been the ones who would have fought for Him. Rather, […]


I am going to talk to you about Jesus with a different slant, and maybe also about a totally different Jesus than we presently know. In 1970 Albert Nolan, O.P., the Master General of the Dominican Order, wrote a book titled Jesus before Christianity. It influenced many Christians to realize that most of us had […]

Becoming the Christ (Richard Rohr)

The three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are largely about the historical Jesus who worked miracles, who taught, who promised us a new way of seeing, a new way of life in this world. It is seldom pointed out, however, that Paul is not talking about Jesus; Paul is almost always talking about “Christ.” […]

Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?

Apologia Report 16:21 (1,071) June 15, 2011 CHRISTOLOGY Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence, by James D. G. Dunn [1] — reviewer T. Scott Manor notes that “Dunn specifies the main thesis that runs throughout his work: ‘worship of Jesus is only possible or acceptable within what is now understood to […]

Theological Liberalism and Christology

In the preface to Paul Between Damascus and Antioch Martin Hengel decried in the current scholarly scene ‘a radical form of criticism which in the end must be said to be uncritical, because it wants neither really to understand the sources nor to interpret them, but basically destroys them in order to make room for […]

Evangelism: does our preaching include the deity of Jesus?

Incarnation and Gospel A tantalizing subject is the the relevance of the incarnation for gospel proclamation. Let us remember that the first Christians were not given a private revelation of the Nicene and Chalcedonian Creeds in advance. The evangelistic sermons of the early church did not begin with Four Spiritual Laws about the holiness of […]