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The Gospel of Mark presentations scheduled

The dramatic presentation The Gospel of Mark will tour throughout 2018-19, with stops in Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri and New York.

Upcoming presentations include:

  • Saturday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2301 E. Court St., Iowa City, IA 52245
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church Harvester, 3866 Old Hwy 94 S, St. Charles, MO 63304
  • Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 625 Church Dr., Bethalto, IL 62010
  • Friday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4360 Boyd Ave., Bronx, NY 10466
  • Saturday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 60 Broad St., Westfield, MA 01085
  • Friday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3700 W. Broadway, Sedalia, MO  65301
  • Saturday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 110 S. Park Ave., Manito, IL 61543

The presentations principally use the English translation of the New Testament’s second Gospel by Dr. James W. Voelz, the Seminary’s Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament Theology.

“Allow yourself to hear the Gospel of Mark and to be confronted by it orally,” Voelz said. “It is not that silent reading is wrong, but such a reading will not reveal to you the depth of beauty and drama of this outstanding Gospel.”

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 a gathered audience. Concordia Seminary’s presentation reenacts the Gospel in the way in which it might have impacted those who first received it in the first century.

The presenters include four Seminary faculty: Dr. Dale A. Meyer, president of Concordia Seminary; Dr. Kent J. Burreson, the Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of Chapel; Dr. David R. Schmitt, the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Professor of Homiletics and Literature; and Voelz. Other presenters include Dr. Ron Rall, retired pastor of Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis, and Dr. Michael Zeigler, The Lutheran Hour Speaker.

Come and be enthralled by Mark’s words, his images and his message of the rule and reign of God!

The Gospel of Mark runs around two hours, 30 minutes, including intermission. Presentations are free and open to the public. Free will offerings may be made to support future presentations. To learn more, visit

About Concordia Seminary
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit