A Simple Guide to Mark (Simple Guides to the Gospels 2)

A Simple Guide to Mark (Simple Guides to the Gospels 2)

By: Paul J. McCarren (author)Paperback

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The Gospel writers state they aim to tell the story of Jesus in a clear manner, but throughout Paul McCarren's years in ministry, he has seen that these simple and important messages are too often missed. In his Simple Guides to the Gospels series, McCarren provides a new translation of each Gospel book, leading readers chapter by chapter through the text. Each section includes scripture and a brief, engaging commentary about how readers can relate to the material. The Simple Guides introduce readers to life in early Christianity, describe points of controversy, and show how each section fits with those that went before. The Simple Guide to Matthew highlights many of Jesus' compelling sayings, stories such as the Sermon on the Mount, and key themes of Jesus' ministry, such as trust. The books in the Simple Guides to the Gospels series are available individually or together as a complete set.

About Author

Paul J. McCarren, SJ, works at Loyola Retreat House and at St. Ignatius Church, both in Maryland, while continuing to write Simple Guides to the Bible. A Jesuit priest, he has spent many years in both parish and campus ministry.


Introduction Who Needs a Simple Guide to Mark's Gospel? A Simple Message Some Big Questions Answered by Mark's Gospel Acknowledgments The Gospel According to Mark Chapter 1 - John the Baptist Proclaims Repentance and Forgiveness; Jesus Demonstrates Them 1:1-8 - John the Baptist, witness to repentance 1:9-20 - Jesus is drawn to baptism, repentance, and teaching 1:21-28 - Jesus teaches and heals 1:29-45 - Jesus teaches again through healing Chapter 2 - We Turn to God Because God Answers our Needs 2:1-12 - Returning to Capernaum, Jesus forgives and heals 2:13-22 - A call to a sinner; an argument about religious practice 2:23-28 - Another argument about religious practice Chapter 3 - Who Needs Forgiveness, Healing, and Wholeness? 3:1-6 - Another disagreement about healing 3:7-19 - Many seek healing; Jesus asks disciples to heal 3:20-30 - Confusion about healing; explanation of healing and forgiveness 3:31-35 - Jesus' worried family appears Chapter 4 - How Does God Get At Us? 4:1-9 - A gift of plenty 4:10-20 - The gift of plenty explained 4:21-25 - More lessons about learning 4:26-34 - Lessons about the Kingdom-in parables 4:35-41 - A lesson in trust Chapter 5 - Two Healings Provoke a Desire to Testify 5:1-10 - An encounter with a sick man across the lake 5:11-20 - The healing across the lake continues 5:21-34 - Returning to Galilee; more pleas for healing 5:35-43 - Jairus' daughter Chapter 6 - Incidents of Rejection; More Examples of Care and Healing 6:1-6 - Jesus gets a poor reception at home 6:7-16 - Jesus shares his mission with the twelve-Herod is puzzled 6:17-29 - A look back at why Herod killed John the Baptist 6:30-34 - Jesus' disciples return; so do the crowds 6:35-44 - The crowd is hungry; Jesus asks for a blessing 6:45-52 - Another lesson in trust 6:53-56 - More healing Chapter 7 - Resistance from Jerusalem Officials; Acceptance Among Strangers 7:1-13 - Some officials claim to know God's will 7:14-23 - Jesus describes what it's like to ignore God's will 7:24-30 - Travel to Gentile territory, and a healing 7:31-37 - More traveling in Gentile territory, and another healing Chapter 8 - More Compassion and Care; Unbelief; Suffering 8:1-10 - Another hungry crowd 8:11-21 - Jesus confronts disbelief 8:22-30 - Jesus encounter belief 8:31-38 - Those chosen by God suffer and die Chapter 9 - More Travels, More Teaching about Faith 9:1-13 - A vision of the glory of God's Kingdom-not understood 9:14-29 - Jesus teaches about repentance, healing, and trust 9:30-37 - Trust in God leads to service of others 9:38-50 - Notice others' needs, not yours Chapter 10 - Heading to Jerusalem, Teaching and Healing on the Way 10:1-9 - Jesus is still willing to teach the Pharisees 10:10-16 - Two lessons for the Disciples 10:17-22 - A rich man asks about sharing God's life 10:23-31 - The disciples ask about riches 10:32-45 - Suffering and glory 10:46-52 - Again, faith brings healing Chapter 11 - A Mixed Reception in Jerusalem 11:1-11 - Jesus is acclaimed in Jerusalem 11:12-19 - Jesus experiences two disappointments 11:20-26 - Jesus explains how faith, repentance, and forgiveness work 11:27-33 - Jesus challenges officials to recognize their ignorance Chapter 12 - A Day of Teaching in the Temple 12:1-12 - A lesson about accepting God's desires 12:13-17 - A trick question from some reluctant students 12:18-27 - Another trick question 12:28-34 - Another question, but not a trick 12:35-44 - Jesus asks about the Messiah, warns against pride, praises generosity Chapter 13 - Jesus Speaks of Life as a Struggle 13:1-8 - Human endeavors tend to collapse 13:9-13 - The disciples will face much opposition 13:14-23 - While waiting for fulfillment of God's plan, beware other schemes 13:24-37 - Jesus continues his lesson on watching Chapter 14 - The Authorities Plot Jesus' Death - Jesus Plans to Accept Death 14:1-9 - Jesus rejected - Jesus embraced 14:10-17 - A betrayal is prepared; Passover is prepared 14:18-31 - Jesus and the disciples share a Passover meal 14:32-42 - Jesus prays at Gethsemane 14:43-52 - The authorities arrest Jesus; his disciples flee 14:53-65 - Jesus in court 14:66-72 - Peter discovers his faithlessness Chapter 15 - Death Sentence, Execution, Burial 15:1-15 - The Roman governor is asked to pass sentence 15:16-32 - Execution 15:33-47 - Death and burial Chapter 16 - Rising from the Dead - Spreading the Good News 16:1-8 - Women disciples find the tomb empty, then fail to fulfill a mission 16:9-20 - Jesus appears to his disciples Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781442218857
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 138
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  • ISBN10: 1442218851

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