Sermons on Mark

The Evangelist Mark

The Gospel of Mark

Mark, the protege of Peter, writes a fast-paced Gospel for a Roman audience.  The disciples, the Jerusalem Jews, Herod, and Pilate all appear rather pejoratively in the Gospel, while Mark holds up those healed and the women Jesus encounters as models of faith (you can see my dissertation for a brief overview of how the Parable of the Sower informs the reader of the theme of the entire Gospel; Mary Ann Tolber's Sowing the Gospel gives a much more comprehensive understanding of the Parable's influence on the entire Gospel).  The basic thesis of the Gospel seems to be that since Jesus is the Christ, those who know that truth need to be willing to share that truth.