A custom-made version of Mark’s Gospel has been produced in an initiative aimed at introducing or re-introducing students at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown and Belfast to Jesus.
The 4,500 Gospels, with specially designed cover and style, have been produced by the Rev Trevor Johnston, Church of Ireland Chaplain at the university, in association with the Bible Society of Northern Ireland.
Rev Johnston, with other chaplains and interested groups, will be distributing them over the coming semester to students on both campuses.
The initiative will be accompanied by a series of talks and discussions presenting Jesus Christ as he is shown in the gospel.
It is hoped this will introduce or re-introduce Jesus to many students on campus.
The title for the overall project is "r & b" ["repent & believe" – Mark 1:15] with the strapline "so, just who is this bloke?" playing on the anonymous and slightly hidden and hooded figure on the cover.
Said Rev Johnston: “The prayer is that students will transfer that question to Jesus and begin to work out who he is and why he came. “
The project begins on January 29 and will continue through to Easter.