mark.jpgTo read anything by the Bishop of Durham is to read with fresh eyes, as if reading for the first time. This book is part of a series , and, after reading this volume, I am eager to read the rest. His chapters end with questions which can linger for hours, days, or weeks:

On Mark 1:1-8, “The main thing Mark gets us to do in this opening passage is to sense the shock of the new thing God was doing. If you’re sick, and unable to sleep much, sometimes the night seems to go on forever. But then, just when you’re dozing a bit, suddenly the alarm clock goes off: it really is morning. That’s the mood here. It raises the question for us too: where are we asleep today, in our churches, our communities, our personal lives? What might it take to wake us up?”

On Mark 16:1-8, “There is a blank at the end of the story, and we are invited to fill it ourselves. Do we take Easter for granted, or have we found ourselves awestruck at the strange new work of God? What do we know of the risen Lord? Where is he now going ahead of us? What tasks has he for us to undertake today, to take “the gospel of the kingdom” to the ends of the earth?”

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