Movement Is Messy – Mark 10:35-45

In this episode, we respond to an anonymous question from Tumblr asking for a queer-friendly Bible version that they can read. This person has felt rejected by faith for a long time now and would like to kick-start their start-over journey with a new Bible. Tune in to hear what we suggest.

We then queered the text from Mark where John and James asked Jesus, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” Then they asked to be seated in the best seats beside Jesus in heaven. We share why we think Jesus’ death should be seen as a demand from God to liberate people. Fr. Shay also shares why he loves this text, so make sure you listen to this week’s episode.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fr. Shay: weather, exercise, and books [0:36]
  • Brian: accepting how the weather changes affect his body and mind [2:47]
  • Anonymous question from Tumblr [6:51]
  • Brian’s suggestion [7:23]
  • Why is this a complicated question? [9:35]
  • Here’s why they don’t recommend a study Bible [10:52]
  • Special announcement!!! [12:38]
  • Queering the text: Mark 10:35-45 [13:45]
  • Why Fr. Shay loves this text [14:53]
  • Is this a supernatural concern? [18:12]

Links mentioned in this episode:

Course: Journey into the Bible –

Article: Walking Toward Resurrection –

Devotional: Queer the Word: 40-day devotional –

Video: How to vet resources – link TBA

Free Workshop: Why Did Jesus Die? –

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Mark 10:35-45

James and John, Zebedee’s sons, came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

They said, “Allow one of us to sit on your right and the other on your left when you enter your glory.”

Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you’re asking! Can you drink the cup I drink or receive the baptism I receive?”

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said, “You will drink the cup I drink and receive the baptism I receive, but to sit at my right or left hand isn’t mine to give. It belongs to those for whom it has been prepared.”

Now when the other ten disciples heard about this, they became angry with James and John. Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the ones who are considered the rulers by the Gentiles show off their authority over them and their high-ranking officials order them around. But that’s not the way it will be with you. Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant. Whoever wants to be first among you will be the slave of all, for the Human One didn’t come to be served but rather to serve and to give his life to liberate many people.” 

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