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Remembering St. Mark

BELIEVING THOMAS By Tom Peterson ©2000 by Thomas H. Peterson In April, our liturgical calendar remembers St. Mark, who is generally believed to be the author of the earliest Synoptic Gospel bearing that name. This gospel is estimated to have been written about 70 A.D. The early second century writer, Papias was of the opinion that the Gospel of Mark was the "interpretation" of St. Peter's version of the life of Christ. St. Peter certainly refers to him as "my son, Mark" in 1 Peter 5:13. He is also sometimes known as John Mark. Traditionally, Mark has been said to be the young man whose garment is stripped from him in the narrative of the events of that horrible night in the Garden of Get

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From March 2000 musings on the church calendar from one who seldom doubts When you hear the names John and Charles Wesley, you immediately think of the Methodist Church, do you not? Would you be surprised to learn that both John and Charles died still priests of the Anglican Church? It's true, two of the most effective evangelical revivalists of the eighteenth century did not completely abandon their mother church. These two brilliant men were born in 1703 and 1707 respectively in Epworth, England to the rector of a Church of England parish and his wife. We remember them in March because John died March 2, 1791. Charles had predeceased him on March 29, 1788. After attending Oxford, each