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A Ransom for Many – The Gospel of Mark Simply Explained

By Steve Wilmhurst
May 2013 | Review by Paul Lintott


This book is based on a series of sermons preached at Kensington Baptist Church in Bristol. The author has increasingly, and beyond his expectations, been drawn in by the sheer power of the story-telling. Grasping something of the skilled and beautiful construction of the gospel has frequently shed fresh light on familiar passages; recognising the half-concealed links to the Old Testament prophets has opened up new understanding of the mission of the Lord Jesus. Mark's gospel focuses on the Lord Jesus as the crucified Christ; as his followers we are called to take up our cross and follow him who gave his life as a ransom for many. If this book encourages you in this path of discipleship, it will have achieved its purpose.

  • Publisher: EP Books
  • ISBN: 978-085234-744-7
  • Pages: 416
  • Price: 13.99
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Book Review

A ransom for many
Steve Wilmshurst
EP Books
416 pages
ISBN: 978-0-85234-744-7
Star rating : 4

A ransom for many is another commentary in the excellent Welwyn Commentary Series, written to explain books of the Bible in a simple, well-applied and faithful way. This one is on Mark’s Gospel.

It was written by Dr Steve Wilmshurst, who is director of training at Kensington Baptist Church in Bristol. It is well written and easy to read, having been compiled from a series of sermons preached at Kensington Baptist Church.

There are plenty of engaging verbal illustrations and the applications are well made and challenging. Dr Wilmshurst keeps a wise eye on the overall structure and message of Mark, so we don’t feel lost at any point.

Where there are difficult areas in the text, he deals with them well and fairly without ducking the issues. He does have a way of retelling the accounts with a freshness that makes the book a pleasure to read.

This is a welcome addition to other commentaries on Mark’s Gospel. It works well as a stimulus for those producing sermons or talks on Mark, and as a devotional book to be read alongside this great Gospel.

Paul Lintott

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