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Concordia Journal Currents – Preaching Mark (Part 1)

Submitted by on January 10, 2012 – 11:55 am6 Comments

Back by popular demand, this Preacher’s Roundtable led by David Schmitt discusses preaching Mark throughout year B of the three-year lectionary cycle. Part 1 of 2 looks at preaching Mark during festal time (Advent through Easter).


  • Vicar Ben Perkins says:

    Very much enjoyed this discussion and got some great notes. We began talking about our theme for Lent this week, and the video introduced some relevant themes and shed light on some great questions. Thanks.

  • Josh S says:

    This is awesome. Thanks!

  • pete says:

    unfortunately this didn’t come out in time for our circuit meeting, but it is still very helpful nonetheless. thanks much!

  • A *big* thank you for the great resources you put on this site — like this video, lectionary at lunch, etc..!!!

  • Greg says:

    Just a quick note on the discussion of the baptism. Obviously this comment is a little late to have much input for preaching two weeks ago, but I did want to highlight it as it addresses the relationship between our baptism and Jesus’ baptism. If you note in Mark, the gospel begins already going. John the Baptist is a continuation of that which precedes. Jesus comes after John. There is a transition from John (thrown in prison) and then Jesus has disciples following him (and the reader/hearer would follow in that line as well). Jesus proceeds to reflect John the Baptist in many ways (notice the description of the crowds). Connections are also obvious at John and Jesus’ death.

    Why do we care? Jesus’ baptism is directly connected with his mission (note Mark 10:37-38; you can also see how this influences our potential understanding of the transfiguration and the glory therein and Dr. Kloha’s comments on the connection to the passion prediction). In our baptisms we are called into the line of discipleship that lives and proclaims the reign of God; we are called to the cross even as we are united to Jesus’ cross.

    Thanks for bearing with me. I tried to make this brief; hopefully it contains enough content to communicate the point. Anyhow, couldn’t not comment as that connection is rather significant in Mark and it connects well with Romans 6 and Dr. Schmitt’s question/comment.

  • Andrew Walker says:

    Awesome help. Great insights into the book by which we can orient our interpretation of isolated pericopes. Thank you!

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