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A Lenten Series

For Lent this year, I want to do a series that weaves together the “story” of Peter with the “story” of Mary. The two of them, so I hope to show, struggle with the Cross and it is that “story” that can get us all ready for Lent. I will, of course, base this series on The Real Mary and, less so, on Jesus Creed‘s chapter about Peter.
Lent begins on February 21 (Ash Wednesday) this year. That’ll be the day for our first post.
I am persuaded that Mary is more than a Christmas character, and if we are serious about developing a Protestant understanding of Mary, we will have to learn to integrate Mary into more than the Christmas story. Here’s a recent interview I did on Mary for WiredParish.

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Terry Tiessen

posted February 13, 2007 at 1:23 pm

This sounds fruitful, Scot. I wonder if you have read Wangerin’s Jesus: A Novel. My wife and I were intrigued (and a bit surprised) by his portrayal of Mary as embittered after the death of Jesus. I don’t think he has anything in the biblical text to go on here but I’ll welcome any of your own comments in this regard, as you look at Mary relative to the cross. In general, we found Wangerin’s novel very good and helpful, drawing from John and Mary as the primary witnesses through whose eyes he sees Jesus.

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posted February 13, 2007 at 6:49 pm

Lent is one of those seasons in the Christian year which I long for all year, but which at the same time is not always “fun.” Though I am always blessed and strengthened when we get to Good Friday and Easter. I am adding some new Lenten disciplines this year, and I think that reading these posts on Jesus and Mary will have to be one of them.

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posted February 13, 2007 at 7:07 pm

Count me in, Scot. I’m looking forward to what you (and everyone else) have to say. A Holy Lent to everyone!

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