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When Michael Spencer passed away in the spring of 2010, there was a consensus among the many readers of Internet Monk that he was just hitting his stride as a writer. Many of you have asked if we are planning to publish an anthology or anthologies of the articles that he had written here. Jeff Dunn has hinted that this is in fact in the works.
Well, this is the first response to those calls. Michael’s life’s desire was to know Jesus better. The tool that he used more than any other to accomplish that task was his study of the Gospel of Mark. He decided back in 1982 that Mark would be a major life project. Here is what he had to say on the topic:
In my ministry, this turned into something I love to do: Cover the entire Gospel of Mark in the setting of a retreat or 3 sessions. A large part of this is asking everyone to read Mark and then, working with a group, graphically present the Gospel of Mark. I’ve now led studies of the Gospel of Mark dozens and dozens of times. I go through the book 3-4 times a year with my students, and have done so for 15 years. I’ve concentrated on Mark in my preaching and teaching. I can be annoying about my interest in Mark, but I hope it’s been helpful to my students and congregations.
So, rather than repackaging material that Michael had already published at Internet Monk, we are taking it one step further. Through scouring Internet archive sources, and through the assistance of his wife, Denise, we have been able to find the following source material originally composed by Michael Spencer on the topic of the Gospel of Mark:
- Thirty five written Bible studies
- Twenty seven hours of audio Bible studies
- Five sermons
- Fifty blog posts
This represents about 800 pages of source material! It is tremendously varied, ranging from folksy sermons, to in-depth Bible studies, to the Internet Monk rants we have all grown to love. I have been busy organizing and collating this material, and my challenge is to bring it together into one cohesive commentary on Mark.
We don’t have a title yet. We are not sure who will be publishing it. What we do know is that this is going to be one amazing look at the life of Jesus through the eyes of Michael Spencer and the Gospel of Mark.
We do need some assistance, and we would like to throw open the opportunity to help to the wider Internet Monk community. The audio Bible studies (54 in total), and the five sermons need to be transcribed. If you would like to contribute to this book by taking on one or more transcriptions then send me an email to michaelspencersnewbook [at] gmail [dot] com with what you would like to do and I will send you an audio Bible study to transcribe along with further instructions.
I am really excited by this project, and I am really looking forward to help bring Michael’s life project of the study of Mark to a fitting conclusion.