40 Ways in 40 Days: A Seedy Catechumenate

My attempt to capture the 40 key discipleship action points or dynamics from Mark’s Gospel based on the things Jesus tells disciples to do directly or that are implied in the flow of text. 40 is symbolic of Lenten and baptisimal preparation.

  1. The Beginning: Prepare the Way: Discipleship is a Road Movie  Mark 1:1-2
  2. Understand Location: Where am I? Mark 1:1-13
  3. Find New Direction: Where am I going? (Repentance/Conversion) Mark 1:4-5,14-15
  4. Initiation: Get Wild & Baptist /Temptation
  5. Hear the Call (Vocation): Mark 1:16-20; 2:14  plus Temptation..
  6. Leave your nets.
  7. Hooking the Big Fish
  8. Fight: Mark 1:21-28; 3:1-6
  9. Make Peace: (Reconciliation): Mark 2:15
  10. Feast and Fast: Party Hard: Mark 2:18-22
  11. Glean Break the Law: Mark 2:23-24
  12. Redefine Family and Culture:  Mark 3:13-35; 6:1-6
  13. Flight/ Retreat
  14. Learn from the Land: Mark 4:1-34
  15. Cross to the Dark Side (Relocation): Mark 5:35-41; 6:45,47-48
  16. Fear Not
  17. Straining at the Oars:
  18. See and Tell Amazing stories :  Mark 6:12; 3:13-14
  19. Heal and Exorcise: Mark 6:7-13
  20. Feed People: Mark 6:30-43; 8:1-21
  21. On Suffering and Death: Mark 8:31-38; 9:30-32; 10:32-34
  22. Saving and Losing life: Mark 14:8
  23. Great Service:  Leadership and Greatness
  24. Putting Last Things First
  25. Pray Demons Away: Mark 9:14-29
  26. Include people who are different: Mark 9:38-41
  27. Confront Sexism: Mark 10:1-12 sexual power, minorities.
  28. Celebrate, protect and learn from Children: Mark 10:13-16
  29. Better Deformity than Conformity
  30. Let Go of Money, (Redistribution): Mark 10:17-31
  31. Handle Power: Mark 10:35-45
  32. Sense-sational:  Ears that Hear, Eyes that See, Tender Hearts See the Great Structures 13:3
  33. Turn Tables/ Blockade/ Occupy:  Cursing Figs
  34. Watch The Figs:  Considering Figs
  35. Enough to Violence
  36. Stay Awake
  37. Flee Naked: Mark 14:51-52 on failure  http://www.redletterchristians.org/confessions-of-a-failing-radical/
  38. Confront Denial: Mark14: 66-72
  39. Find Hope to Start Again, Resurrection and Renewal: Mark 16: 1-8a
  40. Ecstasy and Trauma: Mark 16:8

Post Script: (41?) Taking Poison /Handling Snakes …Escapism and Betrayal: Mark 16:9-2

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