MARK STANDS OUT AMONG THE OTHER GOSPELS, and it is sometimes compared to an action-packed movie. There are many Hollywood-esque themes—some that keep us on the edge of our seats, some that make us cry, and some that leave us in wonderment.
The Gospel of Mark jumps right into the action of Jesus’ story. Mark offers little by way of introduction, mentioning nothing about Jesus’ family tree. Unlike Matthew and Luke, he doesn’t include the story of Jesus’ birth. His account begins with a Scripture quote and moves right into the preaching of John, the wandering prophet. Jesus doesn’t just arrive; He is announced.
Like the original Greek version of this Gospel, The Voice of Mark is raw and to the point. Who is the Son of Man, and what should that mean in believers’ lives?
All who have ears to hear, let them listen.
(4:9, 23; 7:16)
About the Writers:
(photo) Greg Garrett is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Free Bird and Cycling, the memoir Crossing Myself, and non-fiction books including The Gospel Reloaded (with Chris Seay), and The Gospel According to Hollywood. He is professor of English at Baylor University and writer in residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.
(photo) The former editor of CCM magazine, Matthew Paul Turner is the author of The Christian Culture Survival Guide, Provocative Faith, and the memoir Churched. With a focus on sharing spiritual relevancy in today's culture, Matthew is a frequent speaker at college and twenty-something events across the country.
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|Contributor(s)||Greg Garrett , Matthew Paul Turner|
|About the Contributor(s)||Greg Garrett
Greg Garrett is the author of a dozen books of fiction, memoir, and nonfiction, including books on religion and culture, narrative, and theology. His The Gospel According to Hollywood received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and a “highly recommended” in Library Journal; other recent books include We Get to Carry Each Other, on the religious and political beliefs of the rock band U2, Stories from the Edge, on American cultural narratives of grief and suffering, and Holy Superheroes, on understanding hero myths in American culture. His book The Other Jesus, offers a vision of 21st Century Christianity set free from dogma and angry moralizing. He also contributes to publications including Beliefnet, Patheos, Ethics Daily, Christianity Today, Relevant, and Reform (UK), and has discussed his work on or for National Public Radio, BBC Radio, CBS Radio, the Bob Edwards Show, National Review, USA Today, Christianity Today, msnbc.com, readthespirit.com, and many other print, broadcast, and web media outlets.
Greg is an award-winning Professor of English at Baylor University, where he teaches creative writing, American literature, film, and theology. He is also Writer in Residence at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church, a past Fellow of the Cathedral College of Preachers at Washington National Cathedral, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Matthew Paul Turner
Matthew Paul Turner is a former editor of CCM Magazine and the author of The Christian Culture Survival Guide and Everything You Need to Know Before College. Matthew is an accomplished speaker at youth events and is the author of the What You Didn't Learn from Your Parents series.
|Publish Date||Mar 11, 2008|
|Who It's For||Men, Women|