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Century Marks

Living in Mark: When Frank Tupper’s wife’s cancer returned, the New Testament scholar admitted to a colleague, “The first time in chemotherapy we had so much hope, but now there is so little hope, now we are suspended.” Almost as if speaking to himself, he added, “I would not believe in God if I did not believe in Jesus.” This startled his colleague, who responded, “Yet most people would say that if it were not for God they would not believe in Jesus.” Tupper answered, “Yes, and that is because they have not lived long enough in Mark’s Gospel—the desperation of Gethsemane and the desolation of the cross” (Frank Tupper, A Scandalous Providence, Mercer University Press).

 

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