We begin this story of Jesus encountering the Gerasene demoniac, not when Jesus steps on the shores of the country of the Gerasenes, but in the few verses preceding this incident (cf. Mark 4.39-41). The question still ringing in the air as Jesus steps from the boat is, “Who then is this, that even wind and […]

Believe it or not, “[t]he early Methodist meetings were often led by lay preachers with very limited education. On one occasion, such a preacher took as his text Luke 19:21: ‘Lord, I feared thee, because thou art an austere man.’ “Not knowing the word austere, he thought that the text spoke of an oyster man. He […]

We all know the pot-stirrers. We know the folks who look for ways to stir things in a way that leads to confusion and dissension. They bring their spoons of strife to cause all manner of problems in all kinds of places with all kinds of people. They’re around today trying to cause trouble, and they […]