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The University Church of St Mary the Virgin is a vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive church within the Church of England. Standing in the very centre of Oxford, it is the spiritual heart of the oldest university in Britain. With dignified liturgy and beautiful music, it has been a place of Christian worship for over a thousand years. Today we strive to be a community of faithful Christian witness and intelligent debate, unafraid to engage with the modern world.

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The University Church of St Mary the Virgin is a vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive church within the Church of England. Standing in the very centre of Oxford, it is the spiritual heart of the oldest university in Britain. With dignified liturgy and beautiful music, it has been a place of Christian worship for over a thousand years. Today we strive to be a community of faithful Christian witness and intelligent debate, unafraid to engage with the modern world.

    Richard Rolle and solitude

    Richard Rolle and solitude

    Richard Rolle and solitude
    by Tim Glover

    Epistle Editorial - 15 January 2021

    • 1 min
    The Baptism of Christ

    The Baptism of Christ

    Welcome to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford. We are delighted that you have joined us today for our service of Holy Eucharist. The Revd Susannah Reide is presiding and the Revd Dr William Lamb is preaching.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    6. What’s in an ending

    6. What’s in an ending

    Meditations on Mark

    Mark’s gospel is almost certainly the earliest of the canonical gospels. It was once regarded as the simplest and most straightforward account of the ministry of Jesus. With its breathless pace, ‘And then Jesus said… and then he went….and immediately….’ Mark presents a series of events in quick succession. The order appears to be almost random, and yet on closer inspection, it becomes apparent that this is a work of considerable literary sophistication.

    The interpretation of Mark has become the source of fascination to commentators: for some, Mark’s focus is Christological, exploring the identity of Jesus Christ; for others, it is eschatological, emphasising the imminence of Jesus’ proclamation that 'the Kingdom of God is at hand'; some scholars emphasise the pastoral or missionary accent of the text, while others focus on the way in which the text has been shaped by the politics and social issues of its day. In these podcasts, Will Lamb provides an overview of contemporary scholarship while paying close attention to the exegesis of Mark’s text. These meditations are designed to enrich our reading of Mark as we explore the gospel in the course of the liturgical year.

    6. What’s in an ending? (Mark 16.1-8)

    In this sixth and final episode, we are invited to meditate on Mark’s mysterious ending.

    • 11 min
    5. The Place Called Golgotha

    5. The Place Called Golgotha

    Meditations on Mark

    Mark’s gospel is almost certainly the earliest of the canonical gospels. It was once regarded as the simplest and most straightforward account of the ministry of Jesus. With its breathless pace, ‘And then Jesus said… and then he went….and immediately….’ Mark presents a series of events in quick succession. The order appears to be almost random, and yet on closer inspection, it becomes apparent that this is a work of considerable literary sophistication.

    The interpretation of Mark has become the source of fascination to commentators: for some, Mark’s focus is Christological, exploring the identity of Jesus Christ; for others, it is eschatological, emphasising the imminence of Jesus’ proclamation that 'the Kingdom of God is at hand'; some scholars emphasise the pastoral or missionary accent of the text, while others focus on the way in which the text has been shaped by the politics and social issues of its day. In these podcasts, Will Lamb provides an overview of contemporary scholarship while paying close attention to the exegesis of Mark’s text. These meditations are designed to enrich our reading of Mark as we explore the gospel in the course of the liturgical year.

    5. The place called Golgotha (Mark 15.22-39)

    In the fifth episode, we reflect on Mark’s account of the passion of Christ.

    • 15 min
    4. A Costly Discipleship

    4. A Costly Discipleship

    Meditations on Mark

    Mark’s gospel is almost certainly the earliest of the canonical gospels. It was once regarded as the simplest and most straightforward account of the ministry of Jesus. With its breathless pace, ‘And then Jesus said… and then he went….and immediately….’ Mark presents a series of events in quick succession. The order appears to be almost random, and yet on closer inspection, it becomes apparent that this is a work of considerable literary sophistication.

    The interpretation of Mark has become the source of fascination to commentators: for some, Mark’s focus is Christological, exploring the identity of Jesus Christ; for others, it is eschatological, emphasising the imminence of Jesus’ proclamation that 'the Kingdom of God is at hand'; some scholars emphasise the pastoral or missionary accent of the text, while others focus on the way in which the text has been shaped by the politics and social issues of its day. In these podcasts, Will Lamb provides an overview of contemporary scholarship while paying close attention to the exegesis of Mark’s text. These meditations are designed to enrich our reading of Mark as we explore the gospel in the course of the liturgical year.

    4. A Costly Discipleship (Mark 10.32-45)

    In the fourth episode, we turn from Galilee to face Jerusalem. Jesus predicts his passion three times, and challenges his followers to think about the cost of discipleship.

    • 14 min
    3. The Mystery of the Kingdom (Mark 4.10-20)

    3. The Mystery of the Kingdom (Mark 4.10-20)

    Meditations on Mark

    Mark’s gospel is almost certainly the earliest of the canonical gospels. It was once regarded as the simplest and most straightforward account of the ministry of Jesus. With its breathless pace, ‘And then Jesus said… and then he went….and immediately….’ Mark presents a series of events in quick succession. The order appears to be almost random, and yet on closer inspection, it becomes apparent that this is a work of considerable literary sophistication.

    The interpretation of Mark has become the source of fascination to commentators: for some, Mark’s focus is Christological, exploring the identity of Jesus Christ; for others, it is eschatological, emphasising the imminence of Jesus’ proclamation that 'the Kingdom of God is at hand'; some scholars emphasise the pastoral or missionary accent of the text, while others focus on the way in which the text has been shaped by the politics and social issues of its day. In these podcasts, Will Lamb provides an overview of contemporary scholarship while paying close attention to the exegesis of Mark’s text. These meditations are designed to enrich our reading of Mark as we explore the gospel in the course of the liturgical year.

    3. The Mystery of the Kingdom (Mark 4.10-20)

    In the third episode, we examine the tension between concealment and revelation in the gospel, and the way in which Mark uses parables in order to help us to see the extraordinary beyond the ordinary.

    • 14 min

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