Pastor Marisa continues the Women of the Bible preaching series with a sermon looking at a little-known character in the book of Esther, Queen Vashti. Esther goes on after her to become the Queen of Persian and saves the Jewish people from genocide in that kingdom. But she could never have played that role if it weren’t for Queen Vashti first, who was banished from the throne for refusing to be shamed by the King. Vashti embodies what any man or woman experiences when victimized by sexual harrassment from someone in power over them, and models courageous faithfulness to what is right.
Dr. Jay invites an honest assessment of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Was she perpetually a virgin? What about her title in church history as “Bearer of God/Mother of God?” Was she conceived herself without sin? Should we pray to Mary? What are we to think about her, and why does it matter?
One of the amazing sites to visit in the Holy Land is Jacob’s well where the conversation takes place between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. They have a sparring match which includes misunderstandings and secrets being revealed, challenges to tradition and amazing grace. Dr. Jay asks us to consider: Are you thirsty for a different quality of life? Aren’t you hungry to have a more vital relationship with God? Aren’t you tired of stressed and strains, the rat race and the frenetic pace of life? Why ot sit down with Jesus for a drink of refreshing water?
Dr. Jay takes a provocative look at Mary Magdalene, maligned by some bible commentators over the centuries, but reconsidered by many in recent decades. Did she marry Jesus and have his children? What about the recent discoveries of extra Biblical stories about her and Jesus? Who was she? What are the implications of her story for us? From dogma to Broadway stage, Dr. Jay considers this faithful woman and what she can teach us.