Our friend, L.L. Barkat, was inspired to reflect on Mary and it led to her thinking it would be good to give a copy of our Mary book (The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus […]
I believe most Protestants know more about what they don’t believe about Mary than what they do believe about Mary. In an effort to get us to think about Mary, I wrote The Real Mary. I think we’ve got to […]
We get enough e-mails about our books; rarely do I say much about them, but I have to share this one. Why? Because she’s eighteen and because her letter was so delightful for both Kris and me. I’ve edited it […]
I apologize for last week’s omission of our development of the characters of Peter and Mary when it comes to a crucified Messiah. We were in Seattle, got home late, and it didn’t even cross my mind. But, we’re back […]
The most neglected texts about women in ministry in the entire Bible are texts about Mary, and because our class has been looking at Mary of late, I thought I’d make a few suggestions about Mary and Ministry for women. […]
Our series intertwines the life of Mary and Peter as two prime examples of how the earliest followers of Jesus struggled to make sense of the scandalous nature of a mission that involved crucifixion. Last Monday we looked at the […]
Expectations. We all have them. Expectations can control us; they usually shape us. What are our expectations? Lent can transform our expectations. Consider Mary and Peter as their expectations were transformed.
I want to spend some time this Lenten season reflecting how we naturally walk with Mary and Peter to the Cross, to Easter and then on to Pentecost. When I wrote The Real Mary, the one theme that came home […]
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” […]
Marko has posted on The Real Mary with a very clever twist. The standard theory, which I espouse, is that Mary immediately realized that being pregnant before consummation with Joseph was a No-No that could jeopardize her life, her son’s […]
A Magnificat kind of Christmas knows that Mary experienced profound release the moment she realized her son would be Messiah. Her release found its way into a marvelous song that extolled the faithfulness of God to his promise.
I’ve gotten enough reminders from folks that I thought I’d post what we are doing on the radio this week.
The Jesus Creed not only reshaped my perception of spiritual formation, it also reshaped our life. I spent very little time traveling and speaking prior to Jesus Creed, but we can’t express the joy it has been for us to […]
A Magnificat kind of Christmas, which understands Christmas as about God’s acts to redeem through the incarnation, is also about the poor. Here are the words of the Magnificat, and I’d like you to observe words connected to poverty and […]
M and W night I was at Reclaiming the Mind for a lecture and discussion about The Real Mary. I suspect I’ll be talking about Mary for years because of this research I’ve done, but I’m beginning to hear some […]
Eye on Chicago, with Antonio Mora, interviewed me about the movie and The Real Mary, and this is a link to the website. If you click on the image (to the right) of The Nativity Story picture, you get the […]
I was asked to write a review of The Nativity Story for Relevant Magazine.
The first Christmas was a Magnificat kind of Christmas. It wasn’t a Dickens kind of Christmas, and it wasn’t a Midwestern kind of Christmas, and it wasn’t a Tennessee kind of Christmas. It was a Mary kind of Magnificat kind […]
John Kasich of “The Heartland” for national FoxNews has contacted our people to invite us to the Chicago studio tonight for an interview about The Real Mary and The Nativity Story. So, if you have time tonight between 8-9pm Central […]
For months WBBM-TV and I have been trying to arrange a date for an interview for Eye on Chicago, Antonio Mora’s Sunday morning show. Antonio, one of the most professional persons I’ve ever worked with, has an interest in all […]
Here’s a good opportunity. I’ve been invited to chat about Mary online in a unique setting on December 4 and December 6 from 8pm-10pm. The Converse with Scholars program at Reclaiming the Mind is hosting a discussion about The Real […]
As Kris said to me last night, “Who would ever have thought that this [your] face would end up in People magazine?” Of course, I’m stretching the truth — you won’t see my face in People, but you just might […]
I have been scheduled for a number of interviews about The Real Mary, Mary, and The Nativity Story (I saw it tonight — am writing a review for Relevant Online) and I want to list them for you should you […]
As I was standing talking to a friend at the Paraclete booth in the book exhibits Saturday at the SBL/AAR Annual Meetings, I happened to see my former Dean at Trinity seminary, Walt Kaiser, wander into the booth. He did […]
The Real Mary is now out, but the requests for participating in the Street Team are still coming in. The publisher is asking folks to contact them by Monday if you are interested in discussing The Real Mary. PLEASE CONTACT […]
VATICAN CITY, Nov. 9 (UPI) — Vatican City will show a world premiere of a film for the first time when New Line’s “The Nativity Story” plays in the Vatican this month.
Mary. Many thanks to Paraclete’s heroic efforts to get this book out this Fall. I’m hoping the Street Team participants got their copies this week, too. Did they?
Here is my piece in Publisher’s Weekly Online and then a piece about The Nativity Story for CBN’s special.
Mary. Thanks to Paraclete’s heroic speed and efforts, the book is now here. I don’t know if street teams have gotten their copies yet. Hope so.
It’s November 1, and Paraclete now has copies of The Real Mary ready to ship out. You can order the book from the publisher by clicking here. (I’m grateful that Paraclete is getting the books available well before the publishing […]
The Nativity Story. This movie, which I’ve read as a screenplay, is about as faithful to the Gospels as a movie from Hollywood can be. Yet, I wonder…
Extended Offer! There is now a sample chapter available and a special sale discount. Paraclete has had such a good response that they are extending the offer to join the Street Team for The Real Mary until September 18th.
This will be the first in a series of posts on women in ministry — as long as everyone behaves. Some of these will pertain to specific issues women face who are in ministries, some will be about biblical texts […]
This Christmas Hollywood is handing us an opportunity we simply have to seize: for the better part of at least 200 years most Protestants have ignored Mary as if she were an exotic aunt who shows up for the entire […]
Five years ago, standing at the blackboard in my Jesus of Nazareth class, I read the Magnificat –the song of Mary, mother of Jesus — aloud with as much force as I could. I then asked this question: “What kind […]
After four days of editing my Mary ms, I’m about to write a brief note to my editor, Lil Copan, to tell her that writing in green instead of red doesn’t lessen the pain. Sure, sure, I’ll tell her, the […]
I sent the ms for The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus to the publisher (Paraclete) Friday, and now I await word from my fantastic editor, Lil Copan. The good news is that the book […]
Dennis Martin has suggested a few times in previous posts that I am pushing the original sin factor too hard, and he could be right. He suggests we look to the question of Mary’s sinlessness. Was she sinless? The Evangelist […]
Who believed in the immaculate conception? How early was it? Who didn’t believe in Mary’s immaculate conception and sinlessness? Again, some of this surprises many of us reared theologically in Protestantism. After this listing, I’ll draw my conclusions. No need […]
Last week we looked at the perpetual virginity. While we didn’t agree on each point, we did behave ourselves and, speaking for myself, worked our way through some issues that we might not think of very often. The immaculate conception, […]
This has been a stimulating week for me in looking at this age-old question: Was Mary perpetually virginal? Today I want to look at three pieces of biblical evidence on this question, sorting out what can be known from what […]
Tomorrow I’ll post my own view of Mary’s perpetual virginity. But today we need to look at Jerome, who is perhaps the first major theologian to deal with our question — was Mary perpetually virgin? He does so in polemics […]
Two days ago I observed that there is an early and widespread belief in Mary’s perpetual virginity in the Church. Today I want to begin to begin looking more particularly at the debates and actual comments by the early theologians. […]
Yesterday’s post provided a smattering of evidence, and drew some good response (especially from Dennis Martin and Jim Martin — no relations!) that anticipates where we have to go in this series, but the evidence is clear: there was an […]
Now before you click to the next blog, give this question some thought. The traditional viewpoint of the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox is that Mary was a virgin when she conceived (called the virginal conception) and, after her […]
What do you really think of Mary? Most Protestants know far too little about Mary, and often don’t even know that the Immaculate Conception (Mary’s) is not the same as the virginal conception (Jesus’). I expect to be posting occasionally […]