Dr. Jay examines the role of women in the early church by looking at the end of Paul’s letter to the Romans. In it he greets and thanks many women and men who are Christian leaders. He looks at verses Dr. Jay says scholars and preachers have used to clobber other people and silence them, or demean them by using the scriptures to accuse them of sinning. He offers some principles in Bible interpretation and will look at passages that seem to contradict one another – what do we do with them? Why has the church history been dominated by male leadership? How can progressive Christians understand this history of Bible interpretation?
Dr. Jay preaches on an unnamed woman, this one often called “the woman who committed adultery.” Dr. Jay prefers to call her “The woman who received the grace of forgiveness.” In this sermon, explore the challenges of living with people who do “bad things” just like we do. How do we relate to one another when a wrong is committed? What does it mean to forgive someone? How do we experience being forgiven? What happens when we are tempted to throw a few rocks at others?
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?