At first sight, the Gospel of Mark is a simple account of the ministry of Jesus, with lots of stories, plenty of action, a large amount of human interest, and some very straight and searching questions, mostly from Jesus himself. Yet underlying the Gospel is the cross and the cost of discipleship, focusing the question of who Jesus was, and how people should respond to him, Donald English’s exposition picks up Mark’s focus on faith as a risky, total commitment to Christ, and on its mysteries – pre-eminently, why some people believe, and others do not, even to the point of opposition. Donald English’s study of Mark *opens up the Bible text accurately in a readable, non-technical way *applies it to the issues of everyday life *offers an effective resource for many uses – daily Bible study, sermon or lesson preparation, Bible study groups. Donald English is General Secretary of the Division of Home Mission for the Methodist Church, and Chairman of the World Methodist Executive Committee. He has twice been President of the Methodist Conference, and is a well-known speaker. In earlier years he was an amateur footballer of some distinction, as well as as travelling secretary for the IVF (UCCF).