Mark D. Roberts

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Is Easter a Ghost Story?

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The first part of an Easter sermon called “Ghost Story” Permalink for the sermon I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with ghost stories. As a boy, a part of me wanted to hear about ghosts and monsters and the like […]

The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

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Part 14 of series: The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week Permalink for this post / Permalink for series Luke 23:50-54; Mark 16:1-4 Luke 23:50 Now there was a good and righteous man named […]

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Part 13 of the series: The Stations of the Cross for Lent and Holy Week Luke 23:44-47 44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until […]

The Twelfth Station: Jesus on the Cross, His Mother, and His Disciple

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  Part 12 of series: The Stations of the Cross for Lent and Holy Week Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series John 19:25-27 25 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions
In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we cannot fully understand the necessity of Jesus’ death without taking them all

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever,

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy jewelry to associate the cross with love. But, in the first

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (15:3). Yet this text doesn’t expl

posted 2:30:03am Apr. 07, 2011 | read full post »


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