Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A Quick Hello

My time on the computer has been limited, but I wanted to drop in and wave. Thanks to those still checking up on me after so many long pauses.

When I've been on the computer the past week, I've been spending much of my time reading Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed blog. (See sidebar for link.) He is hitting on many points I'm thinking about right now, including the New Perspective on Paul and the search for the historical Jesus. Scot has a clear, concise, non-polemic way of presenting ideas for discussion. I'm being a lurker there since I don't have much background in what they're discussing, but I'm learning by listening.

I've been thinking about Mary, the mother of Jesus, too. Today is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary in the Catholic Church. I don't know yet what I think about all the Marian doctrines of the RCC, but researching the reasons behind them has left me with profound sense of how little Protestants think of this remarkable woman. I think we can all assume one thing, Jesus loved his mother perfectly, not just as her savior, but as her son. She is the Ark of the Covenant carrying the Word of God. She is the Tabernacle where God dwelt for a time. Think about how holy God is. Isaiah couldn't stay in His presence without the angel coming to "clean" him with the hot coal. Just a glimpse of God's back made Mose's face shine so brightly he had to cover it before Israel. This God dwelt for a time inside Mary. That just had to change her forever. I may not understand it all, but perhaps we skip too easily across "All generations will call me blessed," and "Hail Mary, full of grace."

And blessings to all of you!

9 comments:

Jimmy said...

If you enjoy Scott M, try these sites...http://www.nextreformation.com/
http://paulconnors.wordpress.com/
http://www.theforgottenways.org/blog/

carrie said...

Hey Jimmy- The second address isn't working for me (paul conners). Can you try again?

Thanks for the sites.

julieunplugged said...

Hey Carrie. Fun to see you are JC. :) Glad you are enjoying it. I think Scot is one theologian with whom I differ (on some things) agreeably and I really like him as both a person and scholar.

Julie

Jimmy said...

http://www.theforgottenways.org/blog/

This is the link from my blog. His last post was dated Aug 14.

Here are a few more...of all flavors.
http://www.daveblackonline.com/blog.htm
http://bradboydston.blogspot.com/
http://www.subversiveinfluence.com/wordpress/
http://www.nextreformation.com/
http://thinklings.org/
http://ceruleansanctum.com/
http://jazztheologian.typepad.com/findingthegroove/
http://donteatalone.blogspot.com/index.html
http://www.tallmonasticguy.typepad.com/
http://nickosborne.typepad.com/contemplativecharismatic/
http://towardshope.typepad.com/towards_hope/
http://willimon.blogspot.com/
http://theoblogy.blogspot.com/
http://pagitt.typepad.com/
http://www.dankimball.com/vintage_faith/
http://www.theologicalmusingsblog.com/
http://merecomments.typepad.com/

No theological link set would be complete without the monk...
http://www.internetmonk.com/

carrie said...

Julie- I enjoy your comments on JC. As I scroll down, I can't see who wrote each comment until I have read most of it (if it's any length). I've generally known yours after a few sentences. I start reading and it feels so familiar, like a comfortable pair of jeans. I love it!

carrie said...

Jimmy-

Whoa!!! I need to find the time to eat and take care of my family! LOL! ;-) Thanks for all the links, I'll definitely look through them.

I read iMonk, btw. I enjoy his blog, but he's a little too Calvinist for my tastes. I never thought I'd hear myself say that! Wow! How things change.

carrie said...

Julie- Did my comment come out right? LOL! What I mean is, your writing style is familiar to me, and I enjoy it. Coming across it on a different venue (than the forums or your blog) is like meeting an old friend....well it is meeting an old friend! I did not mean your comments were "old hat" or anything. ;-)

julieunplugged said...

Carrie it came out right. :) It felt good, actually. I want you to know that I appreciate how you keep at it, keep working to grow and change and listen.

And I loved reading your comments there too and recognized it as you before I clicked to see if it was. I try to read outside my comfort zone too. It's how I've grown the most.

mary be said...

carrie, thanks for your thoughts on mary the Mother of God, and also more recently, on Mother Teresa: I enjoyed.
Take care!