Mark is a somewhat unique character in the New Testament. There is not a lot said about him, but what little we have shows a young man growing up in the new church. His home and family are at the center of the new movement formed around the resurrected Jesus. The little details Scripture gives us document some of the failures in Mark’s life. But we also see him rising above that failure. And we see the confidence those like Paul eventually come to have in him. You might think of Mark as being a kid growing up in the youth group who eventually comes to be a leader with the church or denomination.
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The first mention of Mark is in Acts 12:12. After Peter’s deliverance from prison by an angel, he went to the home of Mary, who was the mother of John, also called Mark. Many people had gathered in this home to pray for Peter’s deliverance. No mention is made of Mark’s father. It could be that he had died. Or that…