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Resurrection Of The Lord

Preaching
Preaching Mark's Gospel
A Narrative Approach
We stand here at the climactic passage in Mark's Gospel. We should not be surprised to find that many of the stories from the earlier parts of the Gospel talk to this story in significant ways. There is much of narrative analogy here! This Easter tale begins with the women. These women have names! Many women have appeared in Mark's Gospel.
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