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Episode 76 – Mark 10:1-52

In this, our last Count It All Joy Show episode (at least for now), we tackled all of Mark chapter 10, including such goodies as Jesus’ thoughts on divorce, the disappointment of a good Jewish boy,  the disciples jockeying for the awesome positions in Jesus’ earthly kingdom, and the healing of yet another blind man!

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You’ve been a great audience, and we hope to see you on the other side!

Pastor Brown and Thomas

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Episode 75 – Mark 9:14-50

In this episode we got to the story of the healing of the boy with the unclean spirit. Pastor commented on his love for the boy’s father’s confession, “I believe, help my unbelief”, and on the interesting nature of the disciples’ failure to cast out the spirit. Then Jesus gets down to some more teaching of the disciples, preparing them for the day when they will become the Apostles, proper.

In lieu of the Inquisition, Pastor made a very special announcement about the future of the Count It All Joy show!

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Episode 74 – Mark 8:31-9:13

Peter gets too big for his britches and tells Jesus that the cross is folly, and Jesus sets him straight. Then, they take a trip up a mountain where Jesus, like Moses and Elijah before him, has a mountaintop experience – with Moses and Elijah! The disciples are dumbfounded by this transfiguration, and admit to a little diarrhea of the mouth ensuing.

In the Inquisition, Thomas asks Pastor to talk about how one can be “simultaneously saint and sinner”, and Pastor inquires on the subject of vapid questions skeptics have for Christians.

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Episode 73 – Mark 7:31-8:30

Jesus returns to the area where he had cast out the Legion, and heals a deaf man with considerably less spectacle. Then he tests the disciples’ memories with another multi-thousand feeding, and fun with numbers ensues. The disciples still don’t get it, and we have another healing – one of a blind man who curiously describes seeing men like trees as his eyes sharpen up. Then Peter’s own eyes sharpen up and he confesses Jesus as Messiah/Christ.

In the Inquisition, Thomas asks Pastor to about the supernatural and unseen elements of the faith, and Pastor inquires as to what response should be given the person who claims that “sincerity of belief” saves a person even outside of Christ.

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Episode 72 – Mark 6:53-7:30

After once again mingling with the people and healing various afflictions, Jesus gets to go to another dinner party with the Pharisees, who use the opportunity to criticize the disciples’ personal hygiene (and then some). After putting them in their place, Jesus heads up North and meets a woman with a demon-afflicted daughter, and shows the disciples what real faith looks like.

In the Inquisition, Thomas asks Pastor to draw a distinction between legality and morality, and Pastor asks Thomas to respond to the idea that everyone needs to get out there and preach.

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Episode 71 – Mark 6:7-52

Things start off nice with Jesus sending out the disciples to heal and teach in various and sundry towns. Then Mark throws in a little flashback to bring us up to speed on our Lord’s cousin John, and wouldn’t you know it if we don’t feel a little sympathy for Herod in the mix. Then we see the disciples coming back from their journeys, and Jesus teaching them a little lesson in the form of feeding over 5,000 people! And as if that wasn’t enough, he walks on water to boot.

In the Inquisition, we spent the entire time discussing the recent Planned Parenthood revelation from various angles.

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Episode 70 – Mark 5:14-6:6

In this episode we wrap up things with Legion, and discuss how the healed man and the townspeople react differently to the events of chapter 5 so far. Then we move back across the sea to where Jairus’ daughter is in a pickle – but before Jesus can help her he has to help another daughter altogether. Then we look at Jesus’ reception in Nazareth by those who knew him in diapers.

In the Inquisition, Thomas asked Pastor how to react to the environmental hubbub (will we all die as popsicles, or as crispy critters? No one knows!) in the news. Then Pastor asks Thomas about words that are thrown at Christians by those outside the faith, whose users clearly don’t know how to define.

 

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Episode 69 – Mark 4:21- 5:13

After some more parables, things kick up a notch in Mark. We get Jesus on the sea in one heck of a storm, from the disciples’ perspective, but a mere annoyance to the guy who tells the wind and waves when to shut up. Then we launched into the story of “Legion”, taking special care to note what a freaky thing the whole ordeal actually is. Unfortunately, we had to call it a day before getting into the fallout from the Legion episode, which means next week’s show will be fun indeed!

In the Inquisition, Pastor asked Thomas how to respond to someone who think’s they sin too much to come to Church, and what his favorite set-up is for apologetics. Then, Thomas asks Pastor what it means to be “on the right side of history”.

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Episode 68 – Mark 3:22-4:20

In this episode of our journey through Mark, we discuss the notion of “demons casting out demons”, and look at how the family of Christ is (to this point) embarrassed by his escapades and discussions with the Pharisees. We also discuss parables, and dig into the parable of the sower.

In the Inquisition, we talked about the Supreme Court decision of gay marriage, and how to talk to someone who has been hurt by those in the church.

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Episode 67 – Mark 2:18-3:21

Continuing on with our study of Mark, Pastor and I were amused at how fast the ante is upped. Jesus keeps doing good, teaching and making awesome theological points, but it’s enough to ruffle feathers and get sworn enemies to form alliances in order to take him down.

In the Inquisition, we talked about the shaky, “used car salesman”, things Christians sometimes say, and what to do with a brother (or sister) who sins grievously – against you or even simply themselves.

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Episode 66 – Mark 1:29-2:17

We’re back into Mark, and boy, things are heating up fast for the ministry of Jesus. He’s heal-i-nating the countryside, making friends and influencing people – but’s it’s not all tulips and rosebuds. For every person he helps, the troubles of Christ are multiplied – whether it’s a leper who lets slip what Jesus did for him, leading to even bigger crowds for the Lord to contend with, or the paralytic whose sins are forgiven, much to the consternation of the pharisees. Even a simple dinner party isn’t safe from trouble.

In the Inquisition, we talked about how persecution shaped and formed the early Church, and what it means when someone says they want to contemporize worship to appeal to a broad cultural audience.

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Episode 65 – Mark 1:1-28

The band is back together!

In our first recorded episode in almost a year, Pastor and I jumped into the Gospel according to Mark. Right off the bat, we learned how Mark is a Gospel written for the oppressed gentile Christians population of Rome – and where Mark gets his facts! (Peter and Paul)

Mark himself is a wonderful author, as we shall see as we study this book. One of the first things you notice is how he controls the flow of the narrative, moving from major event to major event, highlighting the violence and tribulation of Jesus’ ministry. One can easily see how the early Christians would have taken comfort in this book as they underwent their own harsh journey of faith.

In the Inquisition, we talked about the recent transgender Jenner situation, and discuss “Dumb Things Christians Say” – or something like that.

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Episode 64 – Ezekiel 32:11-33:33

We moved into the next section of Ezekiel. In the Inquisition we talked about why many in the West are blind to the connection between the religion of Islam and the atrocities we are seeing in the Middle East.

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Episode 63 – Ezekiel 30:20-32:10

We continued with Ezekiel’s lament for Egypt and Pharaoh. For the Inquisition, Pastor talked about the Scofield reference Bible and its impact upon eschatology in America. Then, Thomas discussed his 2 favorite readings from the lectionaries.

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Episode 62 – Ezekiel 28:20-30:19

More Ezekiel was discussed, focusing on the judgement of Egypt – for which Pastor got to draw on his experience visiting Egypt years ago. In the Inquisition, Thomas asked Pastor to talk about the Coptic Christians in Egypt, and Pastor asked Thomas what makes a sermon… well: meh.

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