Jesus’ ministry in the Gospel of Mark begins with an invitation.

What follows immediately are three short stories I believe Mark presents as a model of the big “G” Gospel. Together, they offer a beautiful and vast invitation to the kingdom.

It’s when we read them together, rather than dissecting them into minute particulars as we so often do, that a pattern emerges...and that ought to grab our attention, because patterns tell a bigger story than particulars.

And living faithfully in today’s world—even the mundane parts—requires a bigger story.