IFD219 – Fallible Followers: The Disciples in Mark, and Us
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Mark’s gospel is harsh on Jesus’ disciples – which may be one reason why it tends to be the least favorite of the four gospels, even though it’s the shortest. It can be hard to relate to such fallible followers while trying to see ourselves as faithful Christians! But in writing the way he does, Mark gives us a mirror by which we can gauge our own attempts at following Jesus. The ending of Mark’s gospel is a surprise – and an invitation. Join us in this journey with Jesus.
This course is for ordinary Christians seeking to deepen their discipleship. It will introduce some elementary observations from biblical scholarship in 3 sessions per week for five weeks through Lent.
Participants will use the Common English (CEB) Study Bible as the course textbook. If you already have a study Bible in a different translation and do not wish to purchase another, you can download a portion of the CEB Study Bible including the entire book of Mark for free.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
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Born in 1946, Ron is a leading-edge Baby Boomer. He’s seen his 70th birthday and his 50th high school class reunion. He is a retired United Methodist elder in the Florida Conference, having served as pastor of congregations in that conference for 30 years and retiring in 2014.
Ron is a 1969 graduate of the Florida State University School (now College) of Music and a 1984 M.Div. graduate of Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta. Constant engagement with the Bible is what keeps him going.
Elaine and Ron have a daughter and three grandsons.