The Beginning of the Gospel and the End (of All Things)

Date(s) - 01/09/2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am


The Beginning of the Gospel and the End (of All Things)
Fifteenth Fred B. Craddock Seminar on the Gospels
Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am (Plus recorded lectures to be viewed prior to the Saturday session.)

As the earliest of the four Gospels in the New Testament, the Gospel of Mark takes us back to the beginnings of Christianity. In Mark and in the letters of the Apostle Paul, we see that the early church understood itself to be perched at the limits of history, and yet time has marched on. How did Christianity survive the initial failure of its end-times expectations to become one of the most successful religious movements in the history of the world? The Gospel of Mark and the letters of Paul certainly give us some insight into the historical question, but it may be that they also have something hopeful to say in a new historical moment characterized by fear, uncertainty, and change. Many in our world are wondering if things can ever again be the way they were just a few short months ago, and indeed, we must ask ourselves if a return to “normalcy” is even desirable. In this seminar, we will dive into Mark and the letters of Paul in search of the spirit that animated the earliest Christians, and we will ask if that same spirit might grace us once again with new ways of finding life abundant.

Patricia Duncan grew up on a farm in northern Missouri and became fascinated with the study of religion as an undergraduate at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her MDiv and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago, and she is currently an Assistant Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University. Her research and teaching focus on the New Testament and Early Christianity, and she is the author of Novel Hermeneutics in the Greek Pseudo-Clementine Romance. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and she resides in Fort Worth with her husband, Brandon Cline, and their two daughters.


Individual seminars and courses – $15.00
Series subscription (All 10 seminars and courses) – $100.00- view the complete series at

All registrations include both the live, interactive sessions plus access to the recordings.

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How do I register?
1. Online- registration opens August 10
2. Call (817) 257-7589

How much is the registration fee?
Individual seminars and courses are $15.00. Or choose a money-saving option of a series subscription for all ten offerings for $100.00. Both registration options include the “live” session(s) as well as “on demand” access afterwards.

What about scholarships?
In keeping with the history of the School and the mission of Brite Divinity School, we want to make the seminars available to all. If you would like to apply for financial aid, please contact our office and arrangements will be made to ensure your participation.

Where are classes held?
All classes will be held online using Zoom. In addition, the ones in April and May will be held in Fort Worth at Brite Divinity School, Bass Conference Center, 2925 Princeton St. and broadcast through Zoom for those not able to attend in person.

How do I access the classes on Zoom?
Access information will be sent via email approximately a week prior to the session. There are three ways to participate in the class: 1. Click on the link in the email and your browser will take you to the meeting; 2. Using the Zoom app, join the meeting using the Meeting ID number and password ; and 3. Call in using one of the Zoom access phone numbers and enter the Meeting ID and Password.

How do I access the “on demand” recordings?
Recordings can be accessed through a secure website and will play like a regular video. The link and password will be sent to you after the seminar.

What computer equipment will I need to participate?
Zoom can be accessed from any device: Phone, Mobile Phone, Tablet, Mac or PC with a camera and/or microphone. Most desktop computers that are not an “all-in-one” do not have a camera or microphone but almost all laptops do. However, even without a camera or microphone, one can call in with their phone (but will not have access to the video). Most devices do not need special software to participate in a Zoom meeting however Chrome is the best browser for Zoom and can be downloaded from We also recommend an internet speed of 10 Mbps or higher. If you have any questions please call us at 817-257-7589.

What if I have never used Zoom?
The Office of Lay and Continuing Education will be available to assist you in learning to use the tools. There will be a practice session using Zoom before the first event in September.

How early should I “arrive” to the session?
Ideally you should click on the link at least 5 minutes but no more than ten minutes before the scheduled time. This ensures any technical issues are resolved and you have adequate time to set up.

What is basic [N]etiquette for a Zoom session?
Once you sign on, please be sure to mute your microphone so any background noise is not picked up and added into the call. This ensures the quality of the session and recording for others. If you are going to use the video function, please try to be in a minimally distracting background or staying in a quiet room.

How do I ask the speaker questions?
Please do not un-mute your microphone to ask the speaker a question in the middle of a lecture. Depending on the presenter, questions and comments can be submitted via the chat function within Zoom or you can be called upon by the moderator. This ensures the highest quality recording possible.

What if I have other questions?

Call the Office of Lay and Continuing Education at (817) 257-7589.

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For online events, you have the option to turn off your camera and change your displayed name. Learn more at Zoom Support Center. If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact Vanessa Daley at (817) 257-7579.