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Mary: I Walk With My Son

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Jesus’ mother, Mary, is venerated by millions around the world, and will be particularly remembered next Tuesday, August 15th, on her feast day. Honestly, it took me years to relate to her, for she always seemed so untouchable, too far up

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Suddenly and unprepared

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I come to this week with a heavy heart. My lifelong friend Michelle died two weeks ago, unexpectedly and without warning. In the Great Litany (1549), Thomas Cranmer prays that we might be saved from dying “suddenly and unprepared.” Michelle

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Elizabeth: Pull up a chair and tell me everything

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Unlike most of the world, God does not throw away old people. Nor does God assign women to lesser or unimportant roles. A robust example of being valued–as a woman and an old person–is found in Luke 1. Here, the classic story

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Mary: What’s she done for you lately?

Mary, mother of Jesus

For the better part of forty years, Mary didn’t do anything for me. And that sounds like something a loser would say: “Hey, Mary didn’t do anything for me…” Except, of course, she did something that no one has ever

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Mary, Mary…NOT Contrary

Mary's lamb

This Saturday, on August 15th, Christians around the world will celebrate the life and witness of Mary. What do we know about her? Why does she matter? She is Jesus’ mother. Everything we know about her springs from that relationship.

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Women of Lent 6: Mary, Jesus’ mother

Mary, Mother of Jesus

I’m coming out of the closet theologically. On this day, when The Episcopal Church, and several other denominations, celebrate the Annunciation — that event when the angel Gabriel visits Mary with news of God’s astounding plan — I’ll throw my

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Women of Lent 5: The Women at the Tomb

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Women at Jesus’ tomb…their presence is reported in all four gospels, but what are the similiarities and the differences between each telling of the story in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? First, the common denominators: Women were the first to approach the tomb

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Women of Lent 2: Mary of Bethany

Martha of Bethany. Artist: Karen N. Canton

Sensual. Tender. Loving. Discerning. Clearly Mary of Bethany was Jesus’ soulmate. How else might we describe a woman who sits at Jesus’ feet, listens carefully to his every word, pours expensive oil over said feet, then dries them with her

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Samson’s Mother: The Mystery Woman of Advent

Samson’s mother’s story (Judges 13) Why is Samson’s mother the mystery woman of Advent? Because, like Elizabeth and Mary, she was the mother of a son whose birth was announced by God. Both she and Elizabeth were mothers of “nazarites:”

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The 2014 Top 10 Coolest Bible Women Awards

Mary Magdalene

Movie stars have the Oscar awards, world leaders the Nobel prizes, TV the Emmy awards…and now, possibly for the first time in world history (okay, that’s probably a stretch)…are the 2014 Top 10 Coolest Bible Women awards! Totally subjective, but here

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