Marking Time Marking Time
47 Reflections on Mark's Gospel for Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Nick Baines
ISBN 9780715208298 (0715208292)
St Andrew Press, 2005
£5.99

Category: Seasonal
Subcategory: Lent & Easter
Reviewed by: Sue Groom

Marking Time by Nick Baines, Bishop of Croydon, contains 47 Reflections on Mark's Gospel for Lent, Holy Week and Easter.

If you haven't yet had a look at Mark's Gospel, the one which the Sunday Gospel readings are taken from during 2006, then I suggest that you tuck into this book during Lent. Nick Baines is a writer and broadcaster and this is evident in his chatty way of writing (you may have heard him in Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2).

You'll need to have a copy of Mark's Gospel to hand to read the text before the four pages of comment per day. The comments are great, for instance, when commenting on Jesus calling Judas (Mark 3:19), Baines asks, 'If Jesus was so clever, why did he choose as one of his close circle a man with the potential to blow the whole project apart?'

There is some straight talking here, Baines is very down to earth. At the end of each day's comments there is a prayer and at the end of each week's readings some excellent suggestions for personal reflection and for group discussion.

Also by Nick Baines
Jesus and People Like Us
Speedbumps and Potholes

Sue Groom, February 2006

The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).

Previously published by St Matthew's Church, Yiewsley. Reused here by kind permission.

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