Mary: Revolutionary for Our Time

It is advent, a critical moment in the church calendar. It is post-election, a critical moment in the life of the United States. Advent is marked as a time of quiet, expectant waiting. There is hope in birth narratives of Jesus, but it is hope tempered by loss, defeat, and suffering that comes from livingContinue reading “Mary: Revolutionary for Our Time”

Advent Message “Come Be Born in Us” (Luke 1:39-55)

Today we are three weeks into the advent season preparing for Christ’s coming. Christmas, for Christians, is not simply a remembrance and celebration of history (though it is certainly that), it is more importantly a proclamation of reality. The father of Quakerism, George Fox, wrote in his journal of his present and personal experience ofContinue reading “Advent Message “Come Be Born in Us” (Luke 1:39-55)”

“Dear Woman, why do you involve me?” Mission Without Guarantees

In the fourth of his missiology lectures (see more on his third here) Steuernagel reflected on a few passages where we see Mary interacting with her son, Jesus. In John 2:3-5 it says: “When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman,Continue reading ““Dear Woman, why do you involve me?” Mission Without Guarantees”