Michael Gorman on Justice in Paul

I’ve encountered resistance from Christians in speaking about Paul’s conception of churches as communities of┬ájustice. I think that fears of a “social gospel” have made many readers of Paul’s texts blind to the sorts of social behaviors and intentionally-cultivated community dynamics to which Paul calls his churches. In his new book, Becoming the Gospel, which […]

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Mark’s Disquieting Ending

I’ve just finished Donald Juel’s lovely little book, A Master of Surprise: Mark Interpreted. He argues that Mark’s implied audience(s) are those that have grown complacent and comfortable. This accounts for┬áMark’s disturbing ending: The surprise ending of the Gospel is intended for the implied audience. Its impact does not easily fit the image of an […]

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