"Yon can't go wrong with a study of Mark that begins with Fred Craddock's homiletical insights and Morna Hooker's exegetical wisdom. Blessedly, the rest of the book sustains the high quality of its opening chapters, Both the essays and the sermons remind us that Mark is not only an odd and puzzling gospel, it is a perennially fresh and surprising gospel--"the best of news."
"What most ministers like best about attending preaching conferences (besides the coffee and doughnuts) is now available in a book--"stimulating presentations by competent scholars and the company of fellow preachers struggling to make sense of biblical texts. Best of all, in these pages we also sit at the feet of Mark, the church's first storyteller, as he practices his craft and encourages us in ours."
"Fleer and Bland have collected a diverse band of commentators who bring performance studies; homiletics; and narrative, social, and literary criticism to bear on preaching the gospel of Mark. Most importantly, these scholars refuse to treat the this gospel as a subject to be dissected and analyzed with neutrality. Rather, the relationship is collegial, with the evangelist serving as mentor and guide in the work of proclaiming the gospel. The final section of the book contains a series of sermons that are of the highest quality and nicely embody the insights of the volume's essays."
About the Author
David Fleer is professor of religion and communication and special assistant to the president of Lipscomb University in Nashville. . During the last calendar year he preached for churches in 30 different communities and he regularly presents at conferences, seminars, and lectureships in the Churches of Christ.
Dave Bland is professor of preaching at Harding University Graduate School of Religion in Memphis, Tennessee where he has taught for sixteen years and where he directs the Doctor of Ministry program. Dave complements his teaching activity with preaching responsibilities at the Church of Christ at White Station in Memphis where he has served as one of the preaching ministers for the past twelve years.