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"Fleer and Bland have designed a book that can help you draw your congregation into the world of the gospel of Mark and help them be transformed by

"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.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chalice Press (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827229860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827229860
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. McDonald on September 1, 2006
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The authors have brought together an impressive list of homileticians and preachers to answer the question "How can we draw our congregations into the world that Mark has imagined for us in his gospel?" At the heart of this book is the homiletic work of Fred Craddock, addressing issues of whether the sermon says and does what the biblical text says and does and what qualities can enrich the sermon's form. Using concrete images and examples, this book combines the best of Markan scholarship (Morna Hooker) with the best of homiletic theory (Fred Craddock and Richard Ward) with the skill of preachers who connect the biblical text of Mark to the specific task of preaching.
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When defining a "sermon," preachers, congregations and biblical scholars all seem to underscore different aspects. The audience, text, or the preacher each finds emphasis from different quarters - so is the stated premise of this book. This book sought to take the Markan text and reveal its different aspects that could provide a workable resource for preaching the Messiah the Gospel of Mark proclaims. To do this, the book incorporated the great preacher Fred Craddock and his homiletically generated insights, Morna Hooker's biblical studies, the theological work of Frederick Aquino, the cultural perspective of John Barton and the performance studies of Richard Ward. The book's second half provided sample sermons from specific texts incorporating differing aspects based on the theoretical underpinnings of the book's first section. No surprise, most of the sermons somehow incorporated Morna's theological insights. This book will be a welcome addition to anyone looking for different aspects of preaching Mark - especially for those who already enjoy Morna's outstanding biblical scholarship.
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Reading through this book for a preaching class with Fleer as a teacher, it is wonderful. I highly recommend it.
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