Mark introduces to the world the first written gospel. Mark is the first. Matthew, Luke and John come later. They were likely aware of Mark’s gospel and drew from it, each with their own emphasis. It is a short gospel, with fewer than 12,000 words. It could almost be read in one sitting. Mark emphasizes more the humanity than the divinity of Christ. Mark tells about Jesus the man.
Treasures from Mark seeks to mine for treasures buried within the sixteen chapters of Mark’s gospel which speak to your needs and your desire to be faithful to God. Treasures from Mark lifts up gems from each chapter which you can use to inspire you, center your spirituality, strengthen your faith, challenge your thinking, and lead you to some of the highest goals to which a human can aspire. It is well-suited as a daily devotional guide.
About the Author
John Zehring has served United Church of Christ congregations for twenty-two years as Senior Pastor in Massachusetts (Andover), Rhode Island (Kingston), and Maine (Augusta) and as an Interim Pastor in Massachusetts (Arlington, Harvard). Prior to parish ministry, he served in higher education for more than two decades, primarily in development and institutional advancement. He worked as a dean of students, director of career planning and placement, adjunct professor of public speaking and as a vice president at a seminary and at a college. He is the author of more than forty books and eBooks. He has taught Public Speaking, Creative Writing, Educational Psychology and Church Administration. John was the founding editor of the publication Seminary Development News, a publication for seminary presidents, vice presidents and trustees (published by the Association of Theological Schools, funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment). He graduated from Eastern University and holds graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Rider University, and the Earlham School of Religion. John and his wife Donna live in two places, in central Massachusetts and by the sea in Maine.