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!