The Beginning of the Good News
Written around the year 70 CE during a turbulent time of persecution, the Gospel of Mark conveys a dramatic sense of urgency, challenging Christians to remain resolutely steadfast in their radical commitment to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Introduction: by the Rev. Dr. John Lewis
The introduction gives an overview of what users may expect in this ten-session study of the Gospel of Mark and offers suggestions of how best to use it. The study is especially designed to encourage conversation in a congregation or small group and provides ample questions to provoke thoughtful insights.
Read the Introduction to the study of Mark here.
To open this study, we asked five persons the question, “When did you get your first Bible and what do you remember about it?” Listen to their recorded answers below
Bishop Gary Lillibridge
Bishop David Reed
Theme: God’s Beloved
Read a reflection on God’s Beloved by the Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson.
Guest commentator is the Rev. Sean Maloney. Sean wonders if God would refer to him as “beloved.”
Theme: Banishing Spirits of Oppression
Read a reflection on Banishing Spirits by the Rev. Dr. John Lewis
Guest commentator is Bonnie Reeves. Bonnie maintains that Christ’s “control over spirits of oppressions is absolute.”
Theme: Life Restored
Read a reflection on Life Restored by the Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson
Guest commentary is by the Rev. Rod Clark. Rod reflects on what the word “faith” means to us. Is it just a belief, or is it a call to action?
Theme: Is there Enough?
Read a reflection on Is There Enough by the Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson
Guest commentator is Thurma Hilton, who reflects on her needs always being met.
Theme: Taming Chaos
Read a reflection on Taming Chaos the Rev. Dr. John Lewis.
Guest commentator is the Rev. Brad Landry. Brad speaks about bringing order out of chaos.
Theme: The Cost of the Cross
Read a reflection on Cost of the Cross the Rev. Dr. John Lewis
For her commentary, Betty Anne Cody reflected on each of the Mark passages individually. And she did so by taking an unusual vantage point. Listen to all three audios in which Betty Anne takes on the persona of Mark’s grandmother.
Theme: Seeing Clearly
Read a reflection on Seeing Clearly by the Rev. Dr. John Dr. Lewis
Guest commentator is the Rev. Carrie Guerra. Carrie finds that in her life she sometimes is looking for the dramatic healing, when so often healing is more of a process than an event.
Theme: Radical Offering
Read a reflection on Radical Offering by the Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson
Guest commentator for this session is Roger Graham. Roger comments on some key phrases in these passages.
Theme: He is going ahead of you
Read a reflection on He Is Going Ahead of You by the Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson
The final guest commentator is Clark Hendley. He tells us to “Go!”