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Jesus Hated Family Values by Ben Garrett

Jesus Hated Family Values

"Throughout his ministry, Jesus is in conflict with both the notion of family (Mt. 20:34-37, Mt.19:1-10, Mt. 23:9) and his own family (Lk. 2: 42-52, Mk. 3:21). If we move beyond Jesus’ ministry and look at the epistles and the practice of early Christians we see this conflict continuing and becoming institutionalized. The Christians’ decision to address each other as brothers and sisters deeply disturbed the surrounding society. Indeed, because of this practice and that their ritual greetings included kissing, Christians were accused of incest."
The Demand of the Resurrection by Micah Wimmer

The Demand of the Resurrection

"The Gospel of Mark originally ended abruptly after their fleeing from the tomb, with the disciples unnotified about this stunning event, with the young man’s claims about the rising of Jesus unconfirmed. Later manuscripts added a neater ending to the text, wrapping things up more in line with the other three canonical Gospels, featuring Jesus’ appearances to the disciples and his ascension. Yet, personally, I find something very human, very relatable about the ending of Mark as originally written."
Reflections on Good Friday and the Cross by Micah Wimmer

Reflections on Good Friday and the Cross

"Today, as we remember our Saviour’s death, we should not shy away from the horror of the cross, but neither should we embrace it as something beautiful."