Church Newsletter 2018-9-2


I am writing this from Alaska while attending AnselmPresbytery. It is a privilege to represent you all to the saints here. I gave our church report yesterday and the Pastors prayed for us all. My heart overflows with love and gratitude for you all and the blessing to be a part of what we are doing in the greater Seattle area.

I am so very grateful for you all; your faithfulness, fellowship and faith. Our Church is unique in its robust worship and long-term stability, our unity and community: all a huge blessing for which we should give thanks to God continually.

It is very encouraging to hear what the CREC is accomplishing for the Gospel all over the world. The fame of Christ’s name is being spread by faithful men and the communities are growing stronger.

As you work and play this week, I hope that you find victory in Christ. I pray that you rest in Christ, glorifying Him and lifting Him up by word and deed. The Lord will finish the work He began in you to become like Christ, concerned for what your neighbor is becoming.

Filling up the edges

Jesus calls disciples to follow Him, to call others to follow Him. The first appointed ministry of the emerging church has as its primary goal seeking the lost.[1]To bring men from darkness to light, from Satan to God, from death to life.

Throughout the OT, the sea represented the unbelieving nations (Jeremiah 51). The flood represented the reversal of the created order as judgement and just so, the nation’s swallow up and overflow Israel under Nebuchadnezzar as judgement. And David uses the same metaphor in several Psalms (i.e 42 and 88), The book of Jonah uses the same idea of the seas being the hostile gentile inhabitation. Continue reading “Church Newsletter 2018-9-2”


Church bulletin 2018-9-19


I hope this finds you all well. I am praying for you all and encourage you to pray for one another as the week progresses.

Whatever temptations you find yourself facing with this week, know that the mighty one, Jesus, has overcome them. They are an opportunity to die to yourself and experience the life of Christ.

Jesus has overcome the world and our faith in that is how we overcome the trials and temptations in our little worlds. But we have to want Jesus more than what is offered to us in the temptation.

Cry out to Christ. Go to Him hungry and thirsty and you will find rest and peace for your souls in every wilderness.

Many blessings! Next Sunday we will explore our calling as parables of Jesus. See you Sunday!

Filling up the edges

There is a dimension to reality behind what we see and at the center of human existence.

Ephesians 2:1–3…you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience… 

Ephesians 6:10–13…. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places…

2 Corinthians 4:3–4… our gospel is veiled…to those who are perishing…the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 

Hebrews 2:14–16… through death [Jesus] might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 

1 John 3:8Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

This is why when a paralytic comes to be healed by Jesus, Jesus forgives his sins. Madness and epilepsy are of the devil. Sin has broken the world and though there is suffering, the true problem isn’t the trying or difficult circumstances, but Satan and his forces of darkness.

Behind the death of Job’s children and his destroyed crops and his boils, is the devil. All brokenness in this world is the result of Satan, who twisted our flesh – bentus – so we don’t work properly.

People come to Jesus in desperation, need, humility and the belief that Jesus is the mighty one who will set things right.

The people who come to Jesus have cleared the way, gotten rid of everything that holds them back or gets in the way of their devotion to Him.

People go to the wilderness and there Jesus is defeating His enemies. They come with their filth or anguish or deafness or sin and it’s all they have to offer Jesus and He receives them and heals them.

This is why Jesus comes into the wilderness of the world. To defeat Satan and make things straight.

Mark doesn’t conclude the confrontation in the wilderness because it doesn’t conclude till Chapter 16. The confrontation is itself important, since it is sustained throughout Jesus’ ministry. This is why Mark does not say anything about the content of the conflict; Mark’s whole Gospel account constitutes the explanation of the manner in which Jesus assaults Satans forces of darkness.

For Mark, the testing in the wilderness is what the whole Gospel story is about. Jesus is the God of heaven incarnate, come into the wilderness world, bringing his kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus is the mighty one. Jesus is a one-man army who faces a legion of demons and defeats them. Jesus is on a mission of conquest and His battle is not a one-time face off with the principalities and powers of the air or the god of this world.

Jesus goes on protracted campaign confronting the spiritual forces behind leprosy, unbelief, deafness, illness and death itself. Jesus is destroying the real enemy, the spiritual forces of darkness that lay behind the natural world we can see.

In Mark 1:10 we read that the Heavens were not just opened but ripped open. The same verb is used to describe the splitting of the temple veil, from top to bottom, when Jesus dies in Mark 15:38.

What is opened may be closed, but what is ripped cannot easily return to its former state. Opening a milk jug is not the same as ripping it open.

The ripping of the heavens is a violent metaphor. This is a divine infiltration by God into the realm of men. Jesus’ baptism was a revolutionary act of humility that broke down the division between heaven and earth. It is through Jesus that a direct connection between heaven and earth – God and man – is made.

The ultimate act of God’s self-revelation is occurring at the baptism of Christ, a baptism in which we are included in Christ.

Isaiah 64:1.Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down…

The life and hope of Israel and the whole world is dependent on this long yearned for action on God’s part.

Jesus never left the wilderness. Everyone who goes to the wilderness finds Him there. When everything else is put away, the path made straight, all other comforts, sustenance and distractions are put away; when true repentance occurs – thirsty and hungry, we stand alone with nothing in a wilderness. And there Jesus is.

Jesus is victorious in the wilderness. All of them. He is approached time and time again by people who desire only Him, by people who are in a wilderness, who possess nothing – they cry out to Jesus.

Jesus is victorious in the wilderness, in the valley of the shadow of death – to be with us, to be at hand, to be present in our wilderness, our valley of the shadow of death. Jesus was victorious over temptation to be there with us in our temptation.

So that mankind in his barren, fallen wasteland would have a way out, a way forward, upward – to the father.

Why are you tempted?

James 1:12–15“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 

Well, how do we stand the test? What is our steadfastness?  Who can make bent things straight?

In the wilderness there is only one comfort, one hope – the Mighty One; the Holy One.

1 Corinthians 10:13No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

In this combat Jesus will hold down the enemy with suppressing fire so that you can make it forward. He will clear your path like divine artillery and air support to break up every bunker and roadblock.

But you have to want Him more than what is being offered to you in the temptation.

Is Jesus better than the porn? Is Jesus better than the lie? Is Jesus greater than the easy-safe-selfish thing your bent flesh wants?

Who wins? The cancer? The financial turmoil? The little nagging voice that tells you, you aren’t a Christian? You are all suffers and sinners. Both. Together. You are bent.

Who can make your path straight? Who can set you straight? Who overcomes the barrage of darkness in this world?

John 16:33I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” 

1 John 5:4-5For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  

There is nothing to overcome in the world. You try to overcome it with drink and sex and pleasure. You try to overcome it by trying harder, earning more, doing more. You sit in despair and the world overcomes you.

But there is nothing to overcome in the world. Only the appearance that there is. Jesus has overcome the world. What you must do – is believe it!

Around the worldwide web

If you don’t know who Propaganda, the spoken word and hip-hop artist is, you should. If you want the Gospel message in four minutes, give this a listen.


When Rising from Sleep 

My God, Father, and Savior, since you have been pleased to give me the grace to come through the night to the present day, now grant that I may employ it entirely in your service, so that all my works may be to the glory of your name and the edification of my neighbors. As you have been pleased to make your sun shine upon the earth to give us bodily light, grant the light of your Spirit to illumine my understanding and my heart. And because it means nothing to begin well if one does not persevere, I ask that you would continue to increase your grace in me until you have led me into full communion with your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who is the true Sun of our souls, shining day and night, eternally and without end. Hear me, merciful Father, by our Lord Jesus Christ,  


New Song

Continue to familiarize yourself with this song .

Church Calendar

Service 9-23-18

Erik Lilja, Call
Nate Cejka, Prayer


Sunday mornings 9AM, through 11/18/18. Childcare provided for children 2-6. Kids aged 7 and up are encouraged to join the adult class.


Saturday, Sept 22, St. Edwards Park. Register for free meal tickets and meal times at Please consider donating to the Marketplace. Contact Kim Hatcher: with contributions or questions.


Wednesday, Sept 26, 7pm at Lannie Brown’s home. Fall meet-and-greet; snacks provided.


October 13th, 9AM at the church. Breakfast provided. Time of fellowship and prayer.


October 26-27. Why Marriage Matters (Doug & Nancy Wilson); Trinity Church Office; 14623 NE North Woodinville Way, Suite 201. Online registration coming soon; no childcare will be provided.

Church Newsletter 2018-9-12


I know how hard it is to cling on to the joys of a good worship service as the week’s troubles, disappointments and sins set in. As well, our triumphs, work and family time can occupy all our thoughts and resources.

So, it is important to stop and reflect. To listen. To ponder and remember. To meditate and mull over the Lord our God in all His mysterious Glory and merciful compassion.

This newsletter is an opportunity for me to connect with you midweek and encourage you to keep your eyes on Jesus. On His all sufficiency, nearness, comfort and glory.

Where has the Spirit led you? Long after our to-do lists have gone to pot, God’s is still getting His done. He is working in and through you. Look to Him. Follow the Spirit into the wilderness where Jesus defeats His enemies. And commune there with your victorious Lord. Thank Him. Praise Him and Pray for His body.

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love. (2 John 3) Continue reading “Church Newsletter 2018-9-12”

Church Newsletter 2018-9-5


Blessings on your week. Please pray for everyone receiving this email. I know school starts for most of us, so keep the little ones and their parents in your prayers. And pray for the Helleksons, this will be their last Sunday with us.

Turn your heart and mind to God and pray that He would rend heaven and pour His Spirit anew on us all, and in abundance on Sno-King. Come Lord Jesus!

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thess. 5:23–24)

Filling up the edges

In Mark 4:41, the disciples ask, “who is this?” John Mark uses this device throughout the gospels. John Mark wants us to engage with what he’s written.

In 1:7-8 John the Baptist says a mighty one is coming who will baptize us with the holy Spirit?

Who is this?

In 1:9 a Galilean comes tearing open heaven with His obedience, unleashing peace.

Who is this?

Mark expects his audience to decide what to do with what it sees and hears. He shows us the material and invites us to decide for ourselves.

Who is this?

Jesus is the messiah, the beloved Son of God (1:9-11). Jesus is the mighty one, the warrior defeating God’s enemies (1:7, 12-13, 25-26). Jesus is the Messenger, declaring the Lordship of God (1:11, 14) and declaring the proper response to that Message (1:14, 16-20).

The Son of God, the servant-messiah-king is declaring the Kingdom of God and calling everyone to come, repent and acknowledge the LORD.

This is the blueprint. If all Jesus had to do was die, then why didn’t God allow Herod to kill Jesus in the cradle and be done with it? Jesus came to do more than die. He came to live. To be the way, the truth and the life – for every man, woman and child in every age.

He wants us to be parables of Him. He wants us to be bait for Him. He wants us to live like him. Warriors, servants, messengers – obedient and joyful. Submissive and powerful.

The heavens have opened and God the Father’s word to Jesus is a word for all of mankind –  “this is beloved son with whom I am well pleased.”

And in Christ we are made partakers of this message of peace and love.

John 1:12–13 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17–21 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Who is this?

He is the long-awaited ladder to Heaven. He is the bread from heaven come down to feed us eternal life. He is the mighty one slaying our demons and defeating Satan. He is the ark in which we are hid from the tidal wrath of God, the Father.

And when we go down into the water, He descends from Heaven by the Spirit into each of our hearts, into our fellowship; making us one body – his body. And in that we hear what we have all longed to hear our whole lives. We hear in Christ the Father say; “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”

Truly, the Son of God became a nobody to make nobodies the sons of the living God.

Around the worldwide web

Pastor Alistair Beg offers his sermons online. His series on Mark is worthy to listen to. Especially, since his Scottish accent makes him sound even more reformedJ


My good God, Father, and Savior,

grant me aid by your Holy Spirit to now work fruitfully in my vocation, which is from you, all in order to love you and the people around me rather than for my own gain and glory. Give me wisdom, judgment and prudence, and freedom from my besetting sins. Bring me under the rule of true humility. Let me accept with patience whatever amount of fruitfulness or difficulty in my work that you give me this day. And in all I do, help me to rest always in my Lord Jesus Christ and in his grace alone for my salvation and life.

Hear me, merciful Father, by our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Church Calendar

Service 9-9-18

Ron Coverdale, Call

Jered Leslie, Prayer


Start Sunday, September 16, 9AM. Kid classes for ages 4-7 and 8-12 need volunteers; see Jered for more info.


Saturday, Sept 22, St. Edwards Park. Register for free meal tickets and meal times at


October 26-27. Save the date! Details coming.

Church Newsletter 2018-8-29


Blessings beloved of God! I hope that your week is going well and that you are resting in Christ’s victory. This newsletter is meant to remind you of Sunday’s message, equip you for study and devotions this Wednesday, as we turn our minds toward the Lord’s Day.

May God’s face shine upon you and give you peace.

Filling up the edges

To have the message of God; to say, “thus sayeth the Lord,” is the calling of every Christian because of the Great Commission and that message is found in the bible, which is constantly opened wider and deeper to reveal more to us.

Revelation comes through the Scriptures directly from God, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, to individuals studying it, as well as, through preaching and teaching.

You are not seers, fortunetellers or mystic predictors of the future. But you do have the prophetic voice.

Because you are the church.

The prophetic voice is one crying in the wilderness “make straight the paths of the LORD.” “Repent.” “Be baptized.” “The Mighty one Comes.” “Make way.”

Mark 1:4-9. Mark is not concerned that we know about the miraculous birth or backstory of John. All Mark is concerned about is John’s preaching, which “serves only one purpose – to point to Jesus.

As John declared it to Israel, Mark is declaring the same message to his readers. And His readers, in response – repent and go forth declaring that same message.

On the day of Pentecost Peter cited the words of the prophet Joel, who said that God would pour out his spirit on all his people, and as a result, “your sons and daughters will prophesy,” (Acts 2:17).

There are thirty-three Greek words in the NT for preachingor proclaiming. Not all of these activities can be described as formal public speaking in the worship service – the form of preaching we often think of when we hear the word.

Acts 8:4 says that all Christians except the Apostles went from place to place “proclaiming the messiah.” This cannot mean that every believer was standing up and preaching sermons to audiences. Priscilla and Aquila explained the word of Christ to Apollos in their home (Acts 18:26).

Paul calls all believers to “let the message of Christ dwell in your richly,” and to “teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.” Every Christian has the prophetic word – “believe, repent, make way for the mighty one comes.”

Every Christian should be able to give both instruction and admonition.

We should all be able to answer Satan’s basic question “did God really say?” We should be able to counsel and instruct anyone from God’s word. ALL OF YOU.

Mother to daughter, wife to Husband, father to son, Husband to wife, brother to sister, one to another. You all have a prophetic word for one another and for the world.

Every Christian must understand the message of the Bible well enough to explain it and apply it to other Christians, and to his neighbor, in informal and personal settings.

No church should expect all the life transformation that comes from the Word of God to arise strictly through formal Sunday preaching. It can’t take the strain. It isn’t often enough or thorough enough.

We need the prophetic voice. The World needs it. To John, the fundamental human problem is not ignorance or inherent human imperfection, but sin, understood as active rebellion against the creator.

Israel did not know her condition, so God sent a messenger. This is a pattern. Rome did not know her condition, so God sent John Mark. Seattle doesn’t know her condition, so God has sent messengers. You.

The gospel is that Jesus is King. John declares that “the mighty one comes.” This is significant given that God is referred to as the “the mighty one.”

God’s coming is marked by power and strength.

Power and strength is what Israel needed to fulfill her calling. Power and strength is what the Roman Christians facing Nero needed to fulfill their calling. Power and strength is what we need to raise large families on one income in a culture hostile to the Christian faith. Power and strength is what we need to overcome our avarice and apathy.

And the mighty one comes to dwell on each of us in the Holy Spirit. Every man, woman and child.

He comes to empower us. Acts 1:8“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Just as He came to equip the prophets. Judges 3:10“The Spirit of the LORD was upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the LORD gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand.”

This has always been the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has always been the presence of God amongst God’s children, that empowers them to overcome the circumstances that are otherwise too much for them.

The things of God always require the work and power of God made available to us so that we can accomplish what we can’t on our own. If the Spirit of the Triune God dwells within you then the power of the Triune God dwells within you.

We are confronted every day with feats that are too much for us in our own power. We need the power of God to do the things God commands us to do. We can’t fulfill the law, we can’t love God or our neighbor as we are commanded to, which God’s goodness and Holiness requires, without the provision of God’s own strength.

Full of the Holy Spirit, we proclaim the Gospel in Word and deed and thereby the church fulfills its prophetic calling. By declaring that man’s problem is sin and Jesus is the cure, we fulfill our prophetic calling. To say that Jesus is the Lord of natural law and the dictionary, of genitalia, the family and of our feelings, we fulfill our prophetic calling.

Here in the wilderness of poofdom, where it’s harder and harder to tell the difference between a man and a woman, straight and gay, evil and good – we need that voice more than ever.  We need a community built around that voice that is always preaching and teaching that same word – Jesus. We need men who lead by following Jesus and women who follow Jesus by following their man. Confess your love and fear of the world. Die and rise.

What sin has got you by the heart and soul? What word does your spouse and children need? What word does your church need? Who in your community and family needs repentance, baptism and the Lordship of Jesus Christ? The Word the world needs is Jesus. Are you willing to fight for it? Bleed for it? Die for it?

Is Jesus bigger than your circumstances? Bigger than the rainbow jihad? The abortion death camps? Your porn addiction? Your fear of man?

Is Jesus bigger than your anxiety and doubt? Bigger than your self-image and easy safe selfishness? Bigger than your insecurities? Is Jesus bigger and stronger than your sin?

John Mark, James, Peter and John the Baptizer urged the early Christians to repent of their lusts and wars, while emulating the prophets who proclaimed the judgements of God and resisted the evil rulers with patience and joy.

Jesus is the prophetic word. Proclaim Him. He is mighty, and He is with you by the Holy Spirit always.

Around the worldwide web

Part of our community life should be encouraging one another and enjoying the grace of God in our midst throughout the week. Part of our outreach ought to be spreading the Gospel message to as wide an audience as possible. Both in word and deed; in messages and actions. Social Media is a huge blessing and very affective megaphone if it is used in such a way. For the last month, we have spread our message to a wider and wider number of people and tried to foster thanksgiving in our midst by celebrating and proclaiming publicly – the goodness of the Lord in the good things He is doing.

If you want to help get the word out, follow us, share the posts and proclaim Redeemer’s message to your larger community. Boast in what the Lord is doing at Redeemer and be refreshed throughout the week between Lord’s day and Lord’s day. The Triune God is in our midst and He is mighty good.



Sermon recordings from website:

Pastor’s blog:



Thank you Lord for Sabbath rest, for work to fill the week, for the sacraments, sacred words of scripture and the fellowship of your body.

Deliver Redeemer Church out of the darkness of unbelief. Let us lift up the name of God in praise. Let us be renewed in Communion with you, washed in your word as your faithful bride, altered in heart and mind by grateful praise to you.

Let us be prepared for action, molded as a tool for the tearing down of strongholds and building of your kingdom.

Let Christ shine in our eyes and may the power of your spirit flow through us to the world. Bless our fellowship, our songs, our words of adoration and supplication, our hearing and our doing.

Bless our worship service and all our preparations for it. May our worship honor and delight you. May we be transformed by it.

In Christ, as Christ, for Christ,


Church Calendar

Service 9-2-18

Jered Leslie, Call

Byron Heward, Prayer


Wednesdays July & August, 1PM; Contact Molly for info.


Tuesday, Aug 28, 10-noon at the Letsche home: 20330 74th Dr SE, Snohomish. RSVP to for childcare.


Start Sunday, September 16, 9AM. Kid classes for ages 4-7 and 8-12 need volunteers; see Jered for more info.


Saturday, Sept 22, St. Edwards Park. Register for free meal tickets and meal times at


October 26-27. Save the date! Details coming.


Church Newsletter 8-15-2018


Isn’t it amazing how quickly we forget what the sermon was about? Isn’t it amazing how quickly the cares of the world drain our Sabbath joy?

Hoping to encourage you all, I am going to send out a newsletter on Wednesdays that will consist of “filling up the edges;” follow up to the sermon or excerpts edited out on Sunday morning, resources from around the web and a devotional to aid in your preparations for the next Sunday Service.

It’s important to slow down, quiet your mind and reflect on what we are learning as a church, as a church. There are a lot of distractions in the world but consider the following a point of renewal, which the whole church is participating in together. Pray for the recipients of this email and the worship service to which we are all heading together.

I pray that this is an aid to stay in touch with you all midweek, as well as, a way to “be of the same mind,” (Phil. 2:2).

Filling up the edges

The whole idea for the sermon titled “The Gospel according to Mark according to Peter according to Christ,” came from the idea the scriptures are a product of the Body of Christ. Jesus is the message, He first entrustred that message to men who would write it down. Jesus then preserved it through centuries of history. Finally faithful men died that it might be transmitted into English and the Lord blessed their effort by putting the gilded leather copy in your hands. Give thanks.

The following was edited out of the sermon do to time restraints but summarizes the whole sermon nicely:

John Piper explains “From the beginning of his ministry, Jesus was preparing for the transmission of his truth and authority to his church through authorized spokesmen who would teach with his authority, commit their teaching to writing, and leave a body of inspired writings through which Christ would govern his church until his return. Christ did this by calling, commissioning, and then sending the spirit to guide the apostles.”

The Word of God always intended to govern the church of God through words. Not just any words, words he arranged by the power of the Holy Spirit to be read and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This is called organic inspiration and we can see through the transmission of the Gospel from Jesus to Peter, Peter to Mark and Mark to us, that this is indeed the case.

Theologian John Frame explains organic Inspiration this way; “God used all the distinct personal qualities of each writer. God used the differences of heredity, environment, upbringing, education, gifts, talents, styles, interests, and idiosyncrasies to reveal his word. The differences were not a barrier that God had to overcome. Rather, they were God’s chosen means of communication with us. God’s word is complex and nuanced, muliperspectival. God used the organic complexity of human persons and the diversities among persons to communicate the complexity of his own personal word. He used Human persons to communicate with us in fully personal ways.”

In Genesis God said he made man in His image, male and female He made Them. A community is the best image of the Triune God. The best written revelation of this God is transmitted the same way; through a community in all its diversity and unity.

Jesus was the first Christian preacher and He declared His kingship in word and Deed. Peter preached that same message as an eyewitness. John Mark Recorded it and compiled it for Roman Christians, all the while, Jesus the Lord, by the Spirit, was preparing a message for the whole world.

Mark’s task was to project Christian faith in a climate of uncertainty where martyrdom had been a reality. He selected and arranged the tradition to present the Christ who continues to speak and act meaningfully in the context of crisis. What was demanded by the Roman Christian’s situation was not a past word, descriptive of what Jesus had said and done, but a word from the present through which the Living Lord could be here and known. 

And so reading the gospel of Mark we meet the Lord Jesus here and now.

Around the worldwide web

The link is to the podcasts of Parish Presbyterian Church. #19 is Pastor George Grant’s first sermon on Mark and it is wonderful. I suggest you subscribe, if you like good podcasts or good sermons.


The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King,

O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.