Author: Jimmy R. Watson, Ph.D.
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2011-04-11
The title of this book is a play on the United Church of Christ’s “God Is Still Speaking” marketing campaign. I have sifted through two decades of sermon writing, which were primarily focused on the Gospels, to see how Mark’s Gospel portrays the still speaking voice of Jesus. The essays in this book work with some of Jesus’ most provocative words as related through the pen of Mark. But what meaning do these words carry in our world today? Are they practical and relevant for us? Is Jesus still speaking to us ... through the Gospel of Mark?
Author: Jimmy R. Watson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2015-01-12
This may be the most honest book ever written about Jesus. As a veteran pastor in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Watson shares his thoughts on the timeless topic of Christology--the doctrine of Christ--with new and creative insights, informative and accessible theology, personal anecdotes, and lively wit. Nothing is off-limits in this no-holds-barred contribution to the Jesus genre. Big Jesus is not another theological "spin" on the identity and nature of Jesus of Nazareth, nor is it a sentimental fairytale for those who prefer their Christology to be served up on Sunday mornings with fluffy sheep, little children, and footprints in the sand. This book is for Christian adults with a sense of humor.
Author: George Martin
Publisher: Loyola Press
Release Date: 2005
The Gospel According to Mark: Meaning and Message offer a unique combination of solid scholarship and practical usefulness to all who wish to understand the Gospels more fully. At the heart of the book is a verse-by-verse exposition of the New American Bible text of Mark's Gospel. Interspersed throughout the text are dozens of short essays giving the social, political, economic, and religious background of the Gospel. Also included are questons for reflection that point to ways the reader might apply the text.
Many think evangelism is rooted in a method. It is rooted in something much deeper. It is found in what makes us whole and healthy messengers of God's truth about Jesus. Mack Stiles has lived the life of the healthy evangelist in homes and coffee shops, at universities and farms. He has lived out and spoken about the gospel to Kenyans, Koreans, Arabs and North Americans. What he has learned around the world and at home is summarized here in a few basic truths that can shape any of us into faithful people who bring good news to needy and hurting friends. The whole gospel changes much more than our relationship with God. Stiles shows how it changes all of who we are and what we do. It means learning the whole gospel without shaping its message to meet our tastes. It means not just going through the motions of accepted behaviors. It means showing the unity of witness and justice. It means love. It means community. Join Mack Stiles in a life-giving adventure of boldly knowing, living and speaking the gospel.
Exploring the interrelated topics of Christology and discipleship within the apocalyptic context of Mark's Gospel, Henderson focuses on six passages: Mark 1:16–20; 3:13--15; 4:1–34; 6:7–13; 6:32–44; 6:45–52. Together, these passages indicate that the disciples failed to understand not just Jesus' messianic identity per se but the apocalyptic nature of his messiahship, as well as its implications for their own participation in God's coming reign. The implications of this for Mark's gospel as a whole are to situate Mark's Christological claims within the broader context of the apocalyptic 'gospel of God'. This lends coherence to Mark's bifocal interest in miracle and passion. It also illuminates the relationship between Mark's Jesus and his followers as those who carry forward his own mission: to demonstrate the coming kingdom of God, which is fully assured if not yet fully in view.
Author: Hamilton Smith
Publisher: Scripture Truth
Release Date: 2007-03
Hamilton Smith (1862-1943), born in Barnes, Surrey, the son of a sea captain, was employed in the office of his uncle's building firm, where he was later joined by his cousin F B Hole. By 1901, married and living in Sutton, Surrey, with his wife and young family, he had retired from the building trade and entered full-time upon the task of building up the church of God. Later in life, he moved to Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, his wife Rachel's home county. His personal ministry was delivered in the United Kingdom, but his written ministry continues to be read worldwide. Along with H P Barker, A J Pollock, J T Mawson and F B Hole he frequently contributed articles to "Scripture Truth" magazine, which often provided the basis for books later published by the Central Bible Truth Depot. Hamilton Smith's written expositions of the Scriptures are brief: in keeping with a desire "to be nothing and to give Christ all the glory." Yet they are clear and very much to the point: "If we present doctrines with all the arguments for and against, leaving our hearers to judge whether it be true or not, we shall hardly be speaking with authority, but rather as those who are groping for the truth. We are to speak as those who, by grace, know the certainty of the truth they proclaim." He is probably best known for his Old Testament character studies, but he also wrote topical studies and expositions of Bible books. The present volume consists of a verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of Mark, with particular emphasis on the dispensational approach to its interpretation and application.
Author: Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Release Date: 2008
In this engaging treatment of the Gospel of Mark, Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm combines biblical scholarship with a close reading of the Gospel text to meet the needs of preachers today. Swift and purposeful, the Gospel of Mark proclaims God's reign and urges the participation of all God's people in the witness of the good news that God has transformed human reality through Jesus Christ. This insightful commentary helps that message come alive while providing pertinent suggestions about how preachers can proclaim this message to today's churchgoers.
Author: John R. Donahue
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Release Date: 2005
This intratextual and intertextual reading of Mark's Gospel helps readers to appreciate the literary character, its setting in life, and its distinctive approaches to the Old Testament, Jesus, and early Christian theology. (Biblical Studies)
Jesus taught powerful themes by telling stories using everyday commodities as examples and making the unfamiliar come alive for His hearers. His message was for all people, in all social brackets; rich, poor and every class in between. His main thrust was to bring the Gospel (the good news) to the world that all people might have the opportunity to get to know God and learn of His great love for humankind. Through countless ages Mark's Gospel has been held to the light and scrutinized. Mark, through Peter, has faithfully recorded the words of Jesus, the Master teacher. Mark, like Peter, was martyred for his Christian faith. Though scholars continue to help simplify the text, many readers still miss some of the richness of the message because of lack of understanding. Though no one can duplicate Christ's genius, Captain Bill Brogdon attempted to emulate His teaching methods, taking the obscure and difficult and putting it into plain language and using down to earth logic to make it understandable for everybody. In compiling Bill's notes, his wife Joyce, has formulated the text so that it can be read straight through as an interesting story or, following the outline, it can be used as a guide to deeper study of the Gospel according to Mark. Joyce Sidey Brogdon was born in London and grew up in Suffolk, on the east coast of England. She received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas and her master's degree from the University of Southern Maine. Other books by her are, Majuba House (Xulon press, 2003), which is an autobiographic account of growing up in England during WWII, and The Gold Chaser (Borrego Publishing, 2007), which is the story of a remarkable talentedIrishman.
Author: Ben Witherington
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date: 2001-01-08
This book offers the first sustained attempt to read the Gospel of Mark both as an ancient biography and as a form of ancient rhetoric. Ben Witherington applies to Mark the socio-rhetorical approach for which he is well known, opening a fresh new perspective on the earliest Gospel. Written when the fledging Christian faith was experiencing a major crisis during the Jewish war, Mark provides us with the first window on how the life and teachings of Jesus were presented to a largely non-Jewish audience. According to Witherington, the structure of Mark demonstrates that this Gospel is biographically focused on the identity of Jesus and the importance of knowing who he is--the Christ, the Son of God. This finding reveals that Christology stood at the heart of the earliest Christians' faith. It also shows how important it was to these earliest Christians to persuade others about the nature of Jesus, both as a historical figure and as the Savior of the world.