Tag Archives: Mark

An update to our Gospels and Acts textbook

The introductory textbooks Exploring the New Testament are a one-stop guide to engaging with the Gospels and Acts (volume 1) and the Letters and Revelation (volume 2). Published by SPCK in the UK and IVP in the USA, volume 1 has just appeared in a third, substantially revised, edition. The third edition of volume 2, revised by Stephen Travis and Ian Paul, will appear in May. Here’s an interview which Ian Paul (IP) did with David Wenham and me (SW & DW) about the new edition of volume 1. Ian Continue reading →

A two-part sermon on Mark 1:9-15

I’ve recorded a two-part sermon on Mark 1:9-15, the set reading in the Church of England lectionary for this Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent (21 February 2021), and the two sections are below. Part 1 is just over 10 minutes, and part 2 is a little over 13 minutes. Comments are most welcome! At the end of the video, I mention a reading plan I’ve devised to read the whole of Mark’s Gospel over the coming six weeks of Lent. You can do it Continue reading →

Read Mark in Lent 2021

I am preaching on Mark 1:9–15 this Sunday for All Saints’, Ealing, and got to thinking about how the focus of this passage is on Jesus and what happens to him—as opposed to the easy danger of assuming that the Gospels are all about us, our experience is just like that of Jesus, and the story is really about us hearing God say, ‘You are my son/daughter’ to us. Like all the stories in Mark, an ancient biography, the focus is on Jesus, and that Continue reading →

Remembering Larry Hurtado

The good folk at the Lexham Press blog have this week put up three excellent posts remembering the fine contributions Professor Larry Hurtado (who died a year ago this week) made to New Testament Studies, on textual criticism (by Tommy Wasserman), Christology (by Chris Tilling), and the Gospel of Mark (by Holly J. Carey). They’re well worth your time, and summarise beautifully the way Larry moved each of these fields forward through his scholarship. He’s one of a few giants who’ve left us in the Continue reading →

Mark’s Gospel slides

I’m in the midst of doing some study half-days for clergy and lay ministers in the Anglican diocese of Exeter, and give below links to two sets of slides from the first half-day, which covers Introducing Mark—an overview of Mark’s shape and key themes, and a look at the death and resurrection of Jesus in Mark. [The second half-day’s slides are now available here.] It’s been very interesting revisiting Mark for this purpose, after recently revising the material on Mark in Exploring the New Testament Continue reading →