“Lights, Camera, Action”–A Pastor’s thoughts on Mark (Mathew Claridge)

February 12, 2014Matthew Claridge, New Testament Studies, Pastoral Ministry

[Editor’s note: To read previous articles in this series on the gospel of Mark, click here.] Act 2: Redemption The baptism and testing of Jesus not only draws on the creation account, but also on the Exodus account. Again, various features of the text direct our attention to Israel’s experience. First, the reference to Jesus … Read More

“Safely through the waters”–A Pastor’s Thoughts on the Gospel of Mark (Matthew Claridge)

October 20, 2013Matthew Claridge, New Testament Studies, Pastoral Ministry

[Editor’s note: To read previous articles in this series on the gospel of Mark, click here.] We have surveyed the three major themes of Mark’s Gospel in Mk. 1.1-3: Biblical Theology, Gospel Centrality, and Discipleship Ministry. The first two of these are developed in a big way in the following verses of Mark’s prologue as … Read More

“Preparing the Way”–A Pastor’s Thoughts on the Gospel of Mark (Matthew Claridge)

October 6, 2013Matthew Claridge, New Testament Studies, Pastoral Ministry

Discipleship Ministry [Editor’s note: To read previous articles in this series on the gospel of Mark, click here.] We are seeing a natural progression here in the theological emphases of Mark. Biblical theology represents the big picture, God’s world of creation and redemption. We then zoom in on the gospel, which is the fulcrum or … Read More

“Preparing the Way”–A Pastor’s Thoughts on the Gospel of Mark (Matthew Claridge)

September 22, 2013Matthew Claridge, New Testament Studies, Pastoral Ministry

Gospel Centrality For myself, the centrality of the gospel to all of life is the second major theme of Mark. Once again, we are confronted with an opaque term that requires careful definition. Its opaque precisely because it is so common. Everyone’s theology is biblical so everyone believes the gospel is central, right? Usually, the … Read More

“Preparing the Way”–A Pastor’s Thoughts on the Gospel of Mark (Matthew Claridge)

September 15, 2013Matthew Claridge, New Testament Studies, Pastoral Ministry

In my intro piece I mentioned there being three central concerns to Mark’s Gospel which also happen to be my three central pastoral concerns in ministry: biblical theology, gospel-centrality, and discipleship ministry. In this post today, I will unpack the first of these as Mark develops it in his opening citation in Mk. 1:1-3. Biblical … Read More

“Preparing the Way” – A Pastor’s Thoughts on the Gospel of Mark (Matthew Claridge)

September 5, 2013Matthew Claridge, New Testament Studies, Pastoral Ministry

The book of Mark is the fifth wheel of the four Gospels. Only in some touch-and-go detail does it provide information missing from the other Gospel accounts. Mark lacks the kind of theological exposition and blocks of teaching found in his larger cousins; and Mark’s focus on narrative over exposition can make preaching from his … Read More