Christianity has been tested intellectually and practically over the past twenty years and has been found wanting, at least in the Western world (think of the “New Atheism”). Often, however, it is a mere caricature of Christianity that is being rejected, a caricature which misrepresents the truth and essence of the faith. This caricature is propagated by well-meaning and not so well-meaning people claiming to represent the faith of all Christians while actually peddling their own misguided, misleading, and, at times, very harmful brand of “Christianity” (such as, for example, the “health-and-wealth” message). (pp. 2-3)
Bayer, H. F. (2012). A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic between Christology and Authentic Discipleship. Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing.
About Hans F. Bayer
Born and raised in Germany, Professor Bayer came to Covenant Seminary in 1994 after teaching for ten years at the German Theological Seminary at Giessen, where he also planted and co-pastored a church.
With his expertise in critical scholarship and commitment to the authority and unity of the Scriptures, Dr. Bayer seeks to exemplify our pastor-scholar model. He hopes that his personal interest in world mission might add a multicultural dimension to each student’s world vision for the Gospel.
Dr. Bayer lectures and preaches regularly in the U.S.A. and throughout Europe. He has published English and German monographs, essays, and dictionary articles, primarily on the Gospels and the book of Acts. He contributed to the ESV Study Bible, as well as video-taped lectures on Acts for Third Millennium Ministries, and has recently published A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship, as well as a German commentary on the Gospel of Mark. He is currently working on a New Testament Introduction volume and The Watermarks of Christ: Contours of Peter’s Transformation in Mark, Acts, and His Epistles.
Dr. Bayer and his wife, Susan, have three children and two grandchildren.