The story of the exorcist in the Gospel of Mark reminds us to resist the temptation to value membership more than service, says Brian K. Blount.
Editor’s note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that shed light on issues of Christian leadership. This sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount as part of Duke Divinity School’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series on April 8, 2009, in Goodson Chapel.
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The Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount is president of Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education, a position he has held since 2007.
Prior to his appointment, Blount was a New Testament professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. His academic interests are in the synoptic gospels, especially Mark; Revelation; and cultural interpretation of biblical texts. He is the author of several books, including “Can I Get a Witness? Reading Revelation through African-American Culture.”