Saturday, June 25, 2011
Word Magazine (6.25.11): MacArthur and Mark's Ending
I posted another edition of Word Magazine today titled "MacArthur and Mark's Ending." The focus is on a sermon preached by John MacArthur back on June 5, 2011 on Mark 16:9-20 completing a multi-year process of preaching expositionally through the NT. As I note on the broadcast, for some reason MacArthur had been on my mind of late. I have been reading his exposition of Jude (in the booklet "Beware the Pretenders"), and I just finished reading Iain Murray's new Banner biography of him.
MacArthur's message on Mark 16:9-20 is titled, "The Fitting End to Mark's Gospel" (for an archive of all of MacArthur's sermons over 42 years look here). In it he argues that the traditional (or Longer Ending) of Mark is not part of the original text of Scripture and that Mark's proper ending is at Mark 16:8. He also gives equal validity to the so-called "Shorter" or "Intermediate" ending of Mark (as included in the ESV notes). Though, as I note in the broadcast, I appreciate the fact that MacArthur does not dodge this issue and that he teaches his congregation on textual issues, I disagree strongly with his conclusions. I have some hesitation on directly critiquing MacArthur's sermon. Hopefully, the treatment is charitable.