Mark 9:38-48 Hindrance is an important part of life. In sports or in war, one party may “run interference;” that is, provide an obstacle to the opposition so that a teammate may achieve his objective. In basketball we call this “setting a pick;” in football it is called “blocking.” In battle this may be called “covering fire.” In a practical sense, a parent may hinder their child from running foolishly into the street. Yet these hindrances sometimes take place in an inappropriate time or means, and cause detriment to either ourselves or our own teammates. This is Jesus’ point in the text today: we are seeking to help one another in our journey of faith, and must avoid at all cost becoming a hindrance of faith either to ourselves or to others. What then does Jesus describe as impediments to faith? We see two impediments in the text.