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A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship (Explorations in Biblical Theology) Paperback – April 20, 2012

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"Theology and biblical commentary at its best-rooted in powerful textual insights and rigorously applied to contemporary discipleship. The insights are profound; the grace is sweet." --Bryan Chapell, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

"Bayer's reflection on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship is worth the price of the book alone." --Scotty Smith, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee

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Hans F. Bayer (Ph.D., the University of Aberdeen) is Professor of New Testament and Chair of the New Testament Department at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.
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  • Series: Explorations in Biblical Theology
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (April 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596381191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596381193
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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A Theology of Mark unpacks the themes and historical narrative of Mark with the tools of Biblical Theology and from the reformed worldview, all while making the content applicable for daily Christian living. We need more of these kinds of commentaries. Bayer first attacks the most basic questions surrounding Mark like structure, purpose, thematic framework, and questions about the person of Jesus and then develops the theme of discipleship from "a more comprehensive approach--that of Jesus with his own disciples" (Kindle Location 104 of 3008).

Jesus Disciples His Disciples

I found the work Bayers did on the topic of discipleship refreshing. This section made his work in section one (the foundational and background questions) come alive. The lay person make ask What does all this background information have to do with me? Of course, there is a major purpose for understanding the historical context and critical thought surrounding Mark but how can we make these truths meaningful for the lay theologian? Bayer accomplishes this by examining the how to of discipleship in light of these foundational issues.

Bayer aks two questions:

Who do you perceive yourself to be?
and Who do you perceive God to be?

He then says, "Authentic witness to Jesus brings forth authentic discipleship in the context of the growing messianic kingdom of God" (KL 174 of 3008). These themes (Messiah, Kingdom, & Gospeling) run throughout Bayer's discussion of discipleship. You can catch a glimpse of these themes when he says,

The thematic connection between Mark 14:25 and the entire narrative of Mark shows that Jesus' demonstrated authority is connected with his future kingly rule.
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Dr. Bayer builds on reformed premises from John Calvin and Martin Luther in this study of discipleship in the book of Mark. He begins with a solid foundation of the historical significance of the chosen genre for the Gospel of Mark then dives into a thorough discussion of the "Double Crises" of how we perceive ourselves and God. With this understanding in mind, he explores the call Jesus made to his disciples, and still makes to his followers today, for pattern imitation and to bold bring the good news to the world. This is a must read and I am excited to read additional commentaries from Dr. Bayer.
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This book is a tremendous value. It takes advantage of the most recent scholarship in a concise and yet also practical way. For someone wanting a good framework for understanding the book of Mark it is unsurpassed.
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Essential reading for understanding Mark's Gospel or for understanding what Christian Discipleship is (and isn't). Brilliant, practical, insightful. Bayer's (life-long) study of the gospel of Mark is distilled in this accessible book in the way that only a master-teacher can: he makes the complicated understandable and helps you see what's really actually there.
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