Dr. Ross Wagner, associate professor of New Testament and director of the Th.D. program, and the Rev. Todd Maberry, senior director of Admissions, Recruitment, and Student Finance, both from Duke Divinity School, will be visiting Westmont College. Wagner will present a lecture, "The Impossibility of Discipleship: Blindness and Sight in Isaiah and Mark," and there will be a dinner afterward at 6 p.m.
The lecture will explore how in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus calls his disciples to take up the cross and follow; betrayed and abandoned by the Twelve, he dies forsaken and alone. How does one make sense of the failure of Jesus’ disciples, then and now, to follow their teacher in the way of the cross? For Mark, it is the prophecies of Isaiah that provide the interpretive key for making sense of discipleship failure even as they point us toward its only remedy.