The Gospel of Mark Story

    The Gospel of Mark Trailer

  • Event Dates



    2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 2017 Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Raymond, Mo.


    6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 2017 Town and Country Lutheran Church, Sacramento, Calif.


    6:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 2017 Zion Lutheran Church, Piedmont, Calif.

    Rehearsal Photos


The Gospel of Mark


For decades, scholars have increasingly placed The Gospel of Mark in an oral context, believing it to be a written document intended to be read aloud to an audience. Concordia Seminary’s dramatic presentation of The Gospel of Mark is not simply a recitation of the text, nor is it a play based upon it. Instead, you will hear the text of Mark come alive as never before in an interpretation of the way in which it might have impacted those who first received it.

Unlike the standard assessments of Mark’s Gospel that understand it as the earliest, simplest and least sophisticated of the four Gospels, this presentation proceeds with the understanding that the Gospel of Mark is not only a later document, but that it provides a complex and sophisticated account of the life of Jesus, designed for rhetorical impact.

The cast includes Concordia Seminary’s faculty and pastors who will enthrall you with St. Mark’s words, his images and his message of the rule and reign of God.


The Presenters

Dr. James W. Voelz

the Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament Theology
Concordia Seminary
Mark 1:1-8

Dr. Kent J. Burreson

the Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of Chapel
Concordia Seminary
Mark 8:27–10:52

Dr. Dale A. Meyer

Concordia Seminary
Mark 1:9–4:34

Dr. Ron Rall

St. Timothy Lutheran Church
St. Louis
Mark 11:1–13:37

Dr. Michael Zeigler

Epiphany Lutheran Church
St. Louis
Mark 4:35–8:26

Dr. David R. Schmitt

the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Professor of Homiletics and Literature
Concordia Seminary
Mark 14:1–16:8

The Details

  • Running time: About two hours, 30 minutes, including intermission
  • Stage: Use of a traditional stage or chancel will work; set requirements are minimal
  • Sound/lighting crew: Provided by Concordia Seminary
  • Event program: Provided by Concordia Seminary; host organization to support marketing and advertising.

For More Information

For more information about hosting The Gospel of Mark, contact Dr. Beth Hoeltke, production manager, 314-505-7031 or