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This week the Eikon team looks at Mark 8:1-13 and the feeding of the 4,000. They reveal Mark's awe-inspiring reasons for including two similar feeding miracles and why that message is just as relevant for us today as it was for the original readers. We can easily fall into the line of thinking that acts as though the problems we face in the world today are too big for kingdom solutions, but this passage in Mark exposes and challenges that kind of limited imagination.
In Mark 6:45-52 Mark crafts the incredible account of Jesus passing by the disciples while walking on the water. The Eikon team explores this passage and discusses what Mark was communicating about Jesus to his readers as well as how and why the disciples were in very real danger. They then discuss how we can fall prey to the same factors that caused the disciples to miss what was happening right in front of them.
The Eikon team shares a very special "news" story and discusses the upcoming two-week break before resuming the study of the Gospel of Mark.
Looking at Mark 6:6-13, the Eikon team discusses what Jesus was doing when he sent the apostles on a special two-by-two mission, what they might have thought they were being sent to do, and why Mark crafted this account the way he did. At the heart of this passage is a community that is being created with Cruciformity at its center rather than conversionism. The team then discusses the implications of that reality for today's church.
Mark 5:1-20 is one of the darker and stranger scenes in all of Mark's Gospel. Jesus encounters a demon-possessed Gentile in a graveyard by the sea surrounded by herds of swine. From a Jewish perspective, it cannot get much worse than that. The Eikon team breaks down this scene as well as discussing who Jesus may have really been confronting here and why he might have sent the legion of demons into the herd of pigs.
The Eikon team moves to Mark 4:21-25 to continue examination of the Parable of the Sower, a parable so important that Jesus said if we don't grasp the heart of this parable, we will misunderstand everything that he is about. They explore what Jesus meant when he said that "whoever has will be given more" and "whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them," and how our individualistic materialism can get in the way of us truly catching his point. They finish with thoughts on the gravity and meaning of this passage for the contemporary church.
Looking at Mark 3:20-35, the Eikon team discusses important things to watch for when reading biblical texts. They demonstrate how Mark ties his text together to show that both Jesus' family and the teachers of the law were making dangerous miscalculations about the way of the Messiah. They finish up considering whether we can commit unforgivable sins today.
Today’s study of Mark 1:12-20 includes discussions on why Mark seems so truncated in his accounts, what Jesus meant when he pronounced the coming of the kingdom, the importance of which direction the kingdom was moving, what is discipleship according to Mark, and whether we have completely misunderstood the meaning behind the phrase “fishers of men”? The team also responds to lessons that can be gleaned from the story of a church that nullified thousands of baptisms because of one incorrect word.
When examining a passage Like Mark 1:1-11, it is important to be aware of what we think we already know. If we don’t analyze our own assumptions, we will bring them into the text with us which causes us to decontextualize the biblical passage without being aware this is what we’re doing. The Eikon Living team begins our contextual study of Mark in the first chapter and talks about the meaning of terms like “gospel,” “repentance,” and “baptism,” as well as discussing the primary theme of Mark. Also this week, they discuss the reliability of viral social media content about spiritual matters such as a recent viral post regarding the divine name of YHWH and human breath.
Our study of the book of Mark begins with an often-neglected passage in Mark 12. Jason and Michael explain why we are starting Mark with a strange passage about Sadducees, widows, resurrection, and Scripture. Is it possible to know the Scriptures forward and backwards and still miss the heart of God and who Jesus is? The warning from Mark is not only did the Sadducees do this, but so can we. Michael and Jason also discuss how Jesus tells us in this passage how to approach Scripture and how that will help us as we study through Mark or any other section of the Bible.
It's a new year. Time for a new name and a new direction! Join Gianna, Michael, and Jason as they set the stage for a new method of digging into scripture. 
We will be taking an unexpected but hopefully brief hiatus. This short update explains why and when we will be back with season 4.
Marshall Mead, Executive Director of the World Discipleship Summit planned for July 31-August 7, 2022 in Orlando, Florida, joins Michael to share the journey of the conference that was originally planned for July, 2020. Marshall talks about the challenges of planning, postponing, and rescheduling such a large event and shares about important spiritual lessons learned during that process. He gives a rundown of the new plan and schedule for the conference as well as how it is going to be different both logistically and in content from the original 2020 plan.For more information or to register: 
Michael, Jason, and Gianna review the major points of the great lie from this season, talk about why it matters for the church to understand the deception of the great lie and the danger of ignoring its effects, and chat about a few things that weren't discussed this season. Michael discusses his upcoming book on the great lie and shares a few important items that will be covered in the book that weren't explored this season on the podcast.
Jason explains to Michael and Gianna what Advent is and why it is such a potentially important, but often overlooked or ignored, tool for the Christian community.
MyCresha Burns joins the podcast to talk about the welcome table and how the concept applies to our lives. She insightfully utilizes the traditional African American spiritual song to examine the biblical concepts of hospitality and welcoming the stranger. She discusses how churches that are a diverse congregation can still miss the point of the welcome table and become less than what Jesus envisioned for us to be.
The discussion today centers around whether the focus of the church should be on social justice or on "preaching the gospel" and saving souls. There are groups of Christians that feel strongly about and advocate for both of those issues as the primary purpose of the church. The question is, which one is correct? Then there are those that argue for finding balance between these two areas. But what if none of those are the best position for followers of Jesus? What if there is a different way to look at this discussion that is more in line with the New Testament vision for the church?
S3E87: Antidiscipling

S3E87: Antidiscipling


Why does it seem that we can tell more about how someone will interpret or respond to big issues of the day or news events based on what news shows they watch than by their faith in Christ? Michael, Gianna, and Jason talk about this phenomenon and much more today as it relates to the concept of what they are calling antidiscipling. They discuss what it is and why it has become such a powerful force in the church today.
Michael and Mark Kang, a minister in the Detroit Church of Christ, have served together in the same regional family of churches for over 15 years and they agree on many things. But there are also some areas in which they disagree. Michael invited Mark on this special bonus episode and gave him an open mic to talk about whatever he wanted, point out any areas where he thinks Michael has been wrong, challenge him on anything he wishes, and ask any questions he has. 
The Corinthian church was rife with prejudice, division, and inequity. So why would Paul open his letter by calling them holy ones of God rather than bigots, fools, or idiots? The answer is just as important to understand for our context today as it was then. Michael, Gianna, and Jason talk about this important truth of identity and what the real problem is when we label others with identity markers other than beloved image bearer of God.
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