On Advent III this season, I taught on Mary – the virgin mother of Jesus. Link here to listen. It’s one of those subjects where the history of the church is again afflicted with the peril of the pendulum – swinging from the extreme of “Excess devotion” to “Neglect” and ignorance – passing by the biblical balance of Mary as “Model Disciple.” Mary was originally given the title, Theotokos (God-bearer or “the one who bore the one who is God.”) This was not to draw attention primarily to her, but to draw attention to the incarnation of the God-Man, Jesus. There has been renewed attention to Mary among protestant evangelicals in the past few years. I’ll mention three resources for further study. An article in Christianity Today that links to others, and two books, one by Scot McKnight (The Real Mary), and Frederica Matthewes – Green (The Lost Gospel of Mary: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts, looking at well known early writings in the church.)
The Gospel in Mary’s Song
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