By Stefan Smart
Question MARKAug 22, 2023
Question MARK 15:21-32 with Lucy Peppiatt
Question MARK 15:16-20 with Andre and Mary-Anne Rabe
Andre and Mary-Anne Rabe have been passionate communicators of the good news of Jesus Christ since 1990. Their message has taken them to some of the most obscure corners of the earth as well as to some of the most well known cities. For Andre and Mary-Anne, faith is more than dogmatic statements. It is an encounter with beauty that leaves us in breathless astonishment. They believe that no matter what we may believe, we are intrinsically valuable and loved. And nowhere has this love been demonstrated more clearly than in the person of Jesus Christ.
Find out more about Andre and Mary-Anne’s ministry here: alwaysloved.net/intention/
Question MARK 15:1-15 with Theodore (Ted) Trost
Question MARK 14:66-72 with Pete Greig
In this episode of Question MARK Pete and Stef outline some of the various perspectives we can take when contemplating the story of Peter’s denial of Jesus. It turns out that this story presents both a deeply unsettling challenge to our complacency as followers of Jesus, and an inimitable promise of hope.
Question MARK 14:53-65 with John Burnett
As well as being the chief theological advisor to this show, John is a reader in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the founder of the St Nicholas Africa Fund. He has been praying over and studying Mark’s gospel for nearly two decades. You can see some of the results of his work by going to his website: gospelofmarkworkshop.com
John is also the lead administrator of the St Nicholas Africa Fund, a Charitable Works project of St Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Anselmo, California, and a charity that we at Question MARK the podcast directly support. John writes: “What do we do?— We directly help some of the poorest people in the world— all of whom are personally known to us— to finish high school, start businesses, and to meet their education, housing, nutrition, medical, and vocational needs.” For more information and to contribute to this charity go here: stnicholasafricafund.org
Question MARK 14:43-52 with Helen Bond
Helen Bond is Professor of Christian Origins, Head of the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh and the author of several highly regarded studies of the New Testament, including ‘The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed’ and ‘The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel.’
Helen writes: “I’m interested in all aspects of early Christianity and the social, cultural and religious context in which it emerged. My most recent work has been on Mark’s Gospel, the earliest biography of Jesus. I’m fascinated by why a follower of Jesus thought to write a biography of his master, what the use of the biographical form indicates about the way in which he saw Jesus, and how Mark’s work compares with other ancient biographies.”
She also hosts the Biblical Time Machine Podcast (with the amazing Dave Roos).
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Question MARK 14:32-42 with Richard B. Hays and John Burnett
Richard B. Hays is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Duke Divinity School and the author of numerous groundbreaking studies, including ‘Echos of Scripture in the Gospels’, ‘Reading Backwards’, ‘Seeking the Identity of Jesus’. Hays’s book ‘The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation’ (1996) was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the twentieth century.
John Burnett is an Orthodox reader and author of the Gospel of Mark Workshop gospelofmarkworkshop.com
John is also the lead administrator of the St Nicholas Africa Fund, a Charitable Works project of St Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Anselmo, California, and a charity that we at Question MARK the podcast directly support.
John writes: “What do we do?— We directly help some of the poorest people in the world— all of whom are personally known to us— to finish high school, start businesses, and to meet their education, housing, nutrition, medical, and vocational needs.”
For more information and to contribute to this charity go here: stnicholasafricafund.org
Question MARK 14:27-31 with Lucy Warner
Lucy is the owner of Sootmegs. Sootmegs badges make life easier by making the invisible visible, challenging unhelpful assumptions. You can find out more here: www.etsy.com/shop/Sootmegs
Question MARK 14:12-26 with Paula Gooder
Question MARK 14:1-10 with Carolyn Meers
Carolyn is the pastor of Port Kembla Central Church in New South Wales, Australia, which is a member of the Pioneer International network of churches. We love the way Carolyn and her congregation learn about the Bible together, looking at key passages from a variety of perspectives, with no one interpretation being seen as ‘the right answer’. If this idea appeals to you as much as it does to us, why not try out an episode of the church’s podcast? See here for more: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/central-church-port-kembla/id1354293421
Question MARK 13:1-37 with Shane Claiborne and John Burnett
Question MARK 12:35-44 with Daniel Goodman
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Question MARK 12:28-34 with William P. (‘The Shack’) Young
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Question MARK 12:18-27 with J.R. Daniel Kirk
For more of Daniel’s fascinating take on the New Testament go here: www.amazon.co.uk/J-R-Daniel-Kirk/e/B001JSAG0G/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Question MARK 12:1-12 with Ched Myers and John Burnett
You can read more about Ched Myers and his work with Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries here: chedmyers.org
You can find out more about John Burnett and The Gospel of Mark Workshop here: gospelofmarkworkshop.com
Question MARK 12:13-17 with Dr Bradley Jersak
Question MARK 11:27-33 with Matt Hyam
Question MARK 11:12-25 with Rowan Williams
For Stefan Smart’s solo word-for-word dramatisation of Mark’s Gospel, I AM MARK, go to iam-mark.com
Question MARK 11:1-11 with Rico Tice
To access information about I AM MARK, Stefan Smart’s stunning solo word-for-word dramatisation of Mark’s Gospel go here: iam-mark.com
Question MARK 10:46-52 with Cliff Barbarick
Question MARK 10:32-34 with Phil Orchard
Question MARK 10:35-44 with Cliff Barbarick
Cliff’s blog: blogs.acu.edu/storiesforthesojourn/
Cliff’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCYlmpQT0pgHB86UhqxOWwsA
Network of Biblical Storytellers: www.nbsint.org/
Question MARK 10:17-31 with Matt Hyam
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Question MARK 10:13-16 with Linden Boothby
By the way, if you think you already know what this episode is going to be about, a rather sentimental portrait of Jesus loving ‘little children’ - think again. As is so often the case with Mark, the apparent simplicity of the story masks a rich contextual and historical background - one that has profound implications for our understanding of the divine and what it means to live well.
Question MARK 10:1-12 with Joth Hunt
You can find out more about Joth and what he does here: baptisttimes.co.uk/Articles/631887/Joth_Hunt_appointed.aspx
Question MARK 9:38-50 with Brandon Robbins
Question MARK 9:30-37 with Kirsty Asher
Question MARK 9:14-29 with Luke Strickland
So far in this podcast we’ve seen that Mark builds in an extraordinary dialectic to his story, in so far as what the characters, and particularly the twelve disciples, are going through existentially is meant to redound on us.
In other words, we are not let off the hook when in comes to the huge challenges Jesus meets out in this narrative to his opponents, friends and supporters. And this episode is no exception. Indeed here our parlous state as so-called believers becomes even clearer, at least for those of us who have eyes to see.
Once more we reach the point of crisis (or at least I do): can we see, do we even know - and more to the point really BELIEVE - the wonderful, jaw+dropping, astounding, astonishing, mind-numbing good news that Mark is hinting at?
That in Jesus God is up to something really BIG? Something that is transforming and will transform EVERYTHING for (the) good?
Listen to or watch this podcast to find out.
To listen to or watch Luke elsewhere on the web go to his podcast or YouTube channels.
Home Ed Matters Podcast
The Potting Shed Podcast
Luke Strickland - Serving You Through Worship
Question MARK 9:2-13 with Lynn Swart
This episode (the thirty fifth) David and I were joined by the wonderful Lynn Swart, a friend of many years’ standing and the director of NewDay United (NDU), a charity which brings much needed help and encouragement to some of the poorest communities the world, in Cape Town, South Africa. Lynn’s views on the Transfiguration moved us to think again about what it takes to follow Jesus and together we shed some light on what for many of us is a rather baffling and scary story.
For more on and to support New Day United go to: https://new day United.org
“NewDay United (NDU) began as a response to the needs of communities in Cape Town, South Africa motivated by the words of Jesus to bring hope, help and healing to the people of Africa: “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” (John 10:10 – MSG)
Over the past seven years, a few dedicated individuals have been taking intentional steps to meet these needs, leading to impactful social initiatives that are equipping, empowering, and transforming lives in these communities to bring hope and a future, one person at a time.
We work where partnership connections and resources are ripe for mutual strengthening and impact. We focus on areas with the greatest need and are currently based at Khanyisa Church in Tambo Village, Manenberg and Gugulethu – areas high in poverty, gang violence and unemployment. Our long-term goal is to replicate our current model.”
Question MARK 8:34-9:1 with Anne Middleton
Question MARK 8:27-33 with Andy Drozdziak
For more on Andy’s work go to: universecatholicweekly.co.uk
Question MARK 7: 1-23 with Caro Meers
To link up with the amazing work Caro is doing down under and to find out more about the Pioneer International network of churches, go to:https://pioneeraustralia.org.au/index.php/post-298/
Question MARK 8:22-26 with Jenny Baker
Welcome to the thirty-second episode of Question MARK, ’Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida', in which David and Stef are joined by Jenny Baker, national leader of Celebrate! and a prominent member of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the UK. See https://www.celebratetrust.org for more details. What happens next is anything but expected as together they discover the profoundly revolutionary implications of this tale, and of Mark’s Gospel as a whole.
Question MARK 8:14-21 with Sean Blackman
Question MARK 8:1-13 with Dave Wellington
Question MARK 7: 31-37 with Neil Maddock
Find out more about Neil’s output on Facebook or YouTube or here:
YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/equipsoton
Facebook - www.facebook.com/MARTISProductions
Website - www.martis.org.uk
Question MARK Mk 7:24-30 with J.R. Daniel Kirk
Is Jesus a ‘racist’? If a recent Facebook post is to be believed, this mysterious episode reveals nothing less than Jesus' intrinsic racism and misogyny. Thankfully, he is forced to change his mind by this ballsy Greek woman from Syro-Phoenecia, particularly in his attitude to the Gentiles. Perhaps you agree. On the other hand there may be other more cogent, less anachronistic explanations for Jesus' conduct in this story, as explained by our guest, renowned Markan expert and author of 'A Man Attested by God', J. R. Daniel Kirk. Check him out here. And have a look out for his upcoming book on the Women in Mark's Gospel.
Question MARK 6:45-56 with Neal Parker
To explore just what an inspiring place King Edward VI School is go to: www.kes.hants.sch.uk
Question MARK 6:30-44 with David Robinson
Episode 25: ‘Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand’. In today’s episode with leading actor, David Robinson, we explore one of the most dramatic moments in the gospel story - the day when Jesus fed 5000 people with a few loaves and fish. What exactly happened on that day? And what on Earth can it mean? These questions are as pertinent for us today as they were for Mark’s first readers. To find out more about I AM MARK, Stefan Smart’s solo performance of Mark’s Gospel, which accompanies this Podcast, go to https://sleek.bio/iammark
You can catch I AM MARK at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, where, indeed, you can also see David Robinson, who is performing in not one but two shows there this summer. Find out more about David’s work and view his current listing at https://www.searchlighttheatre.org
Question MARK 6:14-29 with John Burnett
In addition to teaching Mark’s gospel through gospelofmarkworkshop.com , John runs the St Nicholas Africa fund to support children’s education in Africa. Do have a look at their web site and maybe find out more about what they’re doing.
Question MARK 6:6b-13 with David Hewitt
Episode 23: ‘Jesus Sends Out the Twelve’ with David Hewitt of https://wellsprings.uk.net .To find out more about I AM MARK, Stefan Smart’s solo performance of Mark’s Gospel, which accompanies this Podcast, go to https://sleek.bio/iammark
Question MARK 6:1-6a with Dave Adcock
Question MARK 5:21-43 with Theo Amer
Episode 21: ‘Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman’ with Theo Amer. To find out more about I AM MARK, Stefan Smart’s solo performance of Mark’s Gospel, which accompanies this Podcast, go to https://sleek.bio/iammark
Question MARK 5:1-20 with Peter Butt
With special guest, Peter Butt. Welcome to the twentieth episode of Question MARK: The Podcast! In this episode, ‘Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man’, I was joined by my great friend, Peter Butt. Peter is the founder of School of Ministries, which provides in-depth foundational training in areas of Theology, Leadership and Christian Life Skills to church leaders and aspiring leaders around the world. Together we had the challenge of wrestling with one of the most dramatic but peculiarly puzzling stories in all of Scripture. See what we made of it here.
Question MARK 4:35-41 with Phil Ruge-Jones
Welcome to the nineteenth episode of Question MARK: The Podcast! In this episode, ‘Jesus Calms the Storm’, I had the honour of meeting pastor, academic and fellow biblical storyteller, Phil Ruge-Jones. Listen out for his original and extraordinary take on the significance of this famous story for our everyday difficulties and challenges. And consider with us the electrifying answer to the question both the reader and the disciples are left with at the end - “Who IS this?”
Question MARK 4:26-34 with Matt Hyam
Welcome to the eighteenth episode of Question MARK! In this episode, 'The Parables of the Seeds', I was joined by author, theologian and former church leader, Matt Hyam. As his many students will avow, Matt is one of the most interesting and intellectually engaging people one could hope to meet. And his unique take on these parables shows how central they were to an understanding of Jesus’ entire message - and of our own part in its transmission. You don’t want to miss it!
For more on Question MARK and I AM MARK, Behold Production's new word for word dramatisation of Mark's Gospel, go to: https://sleek.bio/iammark
If you’ve enjoyed this podcast, Matt’s new book, ‘There Must Be More to This: Reimagining Evangelical Faith with Justice at the Core’, is a must read and can be found here:
Question MARK 4:21-25 with Rich Roberts
Welcome to the seventeenth episode of Question MARK! In this episode, 'A Lamp on a Stand', I had the pleasure of the company of one of the humblest yet most quietly influential people I know, Dr Rich Roberts. Rich is a prominent author and theologian, a house church leader, a trustee of the Ffald-y-brenin Retreat Centre and a member of both the Gathering in the Holy Spirit (in the Vatican) and the Charismatic Leaders Fellowship in the US. What he has to share on this most enigmatic of Jesus’ stories is typically pastoral in nature, intellectually engaging and yet winsome and comforting. You don’t want to miss it.
For more on Question MARK and I AM MARK, Behold Production's daring new dramatisation of Mark's Gospel, go to: https://sleek.bio/iammark
Get Richard Robert’s new book, ‘Cultivating God's Presence: Renewing Ancient Practices for Today's Church’ here:
Question MARK 4:1-20 with Bishop John Arnold
Welcome to the sixteenth episode of Question MARK! In this episode, 'The Parable of the Sower', I get to meet a real-life bishop - John Arnold, Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford in the UK. He tells me what it’s like to be a bishop, about his recent prominent role as a climate campaigner at COP26 in Glasgow and how this passage in particular speaks to our dire need for healing and for hope. For more on Question MARK and I AM MARK, Behold Production's daring new dramatisation of Mark's Gospel, go to: https://sleek.bio/iammark
Question MARK 3:20-21, 31-35 with Jason Hildebrand
Welcome to the fifteenth episode of Question MARK! In this episode, 'Jesus is Accused by His Family', I was joined by renowned writer and actor, Jason Hildebrand, to talk about Chapter 3, verses 20-21, 31-35 of Mark's Gospel. It was pure genius to meet Jason, a fellow performer of greater experience and talent than I (check him out: https://www.jasonhildebrand.com). He’s got a simple message to pass on to people everywhere, of all shades of opinion or race, about the disarmingly inclusive love of the Eternal God. He shares a little of that extraordinary vision here. Get ready for a mind-and-heart blowing ride!
Question MARK 3:20-30 with Deacon Darrell Wentworth
Welcome to the fourteenth episode of Question MARK! In this episode, 'Jesus is Accused by Teachers of the Law', I was joined by Executive Producer of CMaxTV and Awakening the Domestic Church, the effervescent Deacon Darrell Wentworth, to talk about Chapter 3, verses 20-30 of Mark's Gospel. I don’t know what you will think, but for me this conversation flowed in a way that was very special, and very powerful. For a few short minutes the barrier between heaven and earth seemed very thin. You’ll see what I mean by tuning in for yourself.