PREACHING MARK IN TWO VOICES by Brian Blount & Gary Charles ($24.95)*

WJK: 0-664-22393-1

Blount and Charles team up to introduce us anew to Mark's Gospel. Reinterpreting Mark through sermons preached out of very different socio-cultural contexts, Blount draws parallels between Mark's message and his African American church heritage of slavery and oppression and Charles wrestles with making the gospel relevant to well-educated white suburbanites. Each chapter begins with an exegetical study and sermon by one author. Then, the other preacher responds from his own context, offering a different view of the text.


"Two gifted preachers-one black and one white-preach transforming messages from the same passages in Mark's Gospel and then openly reflect on the interpretive strategies that shaped their sermons. Blount and Charles's expertise in Mark's radical message, along with their open acknowledgment of the power of context on the preacher and the preaching moment, renders this book a pearl of great price. Let the Church say Amen!" - Cleophus J. LaRue, Francis Landey Patton Associate Professor of Homiletics, Princeton Theological Seminary

"When I was a seminary student, the power of the Gospel of Mark grabbed me and would not let me go. NoUI, thanks to Preaching Mark in Two Voices, after almost twentyfive years in the ministry, I am experiencing that power afresh! From his own particular perspective, each author invites us into the hope-laden, boundary-breaking world of the reign of God. Brian's and Gary's sermons talk to one another, and all the while the gospel is ringing forth loud and clear. This preacher says thank you!" - Joanna M. Adams, Co-pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago

"A riveting exercise in how Mark's Jesus continues to break boundaries-in a particular African American context, in a particular mainstream predominantly-white Protestant context, and, before this book's work is done, in your context as well. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone who attempts to preach Mark's Gospel or to listen to it." - Theodore J. Wardlaw, President, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

"For preachers who want a fresh and pertinent word to say from the Gospel of Mark, this book is one of the most exciting contributions to appear in a long time. Blount and Charles have the vision to see the compelling themes and issues in Mark, and they have the preaching savvy to know what to do with them." - Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

About the Authors:

Brian K. Blount is Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is co-author of Struggling With Scripture and co-editor of Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship.

Gary W. Charles is Senior Pastor at Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Virginia and the author of The Bold Alternative: Staying in Church in the 21st Century.

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