Did Jesus Have “Real” Brothers and Sisters?

In the recent sketch for a Catholic magazine, Meghan Murphy-Gill lays out some of the discussion and then concludes with this: These three general arguments continue to be defended and disputed by scholars today, whose positions depend mostly on their particular traditions and how they interpret early church theology. The New Testament writers didn’t leave [Read More...]

Good Friday: Mary Ponders

This guest post is by Shannon Claussen: Through the Eyes of Mary I move slowly, with weary anticipation, to see my son. My gaze drops down towards my sandals, the stitching is coming unraveled, and one thread in particular is barely hanging on, about to let go; it is a mirror of my emotional self. [Read More...]

Lent: On the Way to the Cross 3

Our series intertwines the life of Mary and Peter as two prime examples of how the earliest followers of Jesus struggled to make sense of the scandalous nature of a mission that involved crucifixion. Last Monday we looked at the theme of expectation. Today I’d like to consider how both Mary and Peter participated expectantly [Read More...]

Lent: On the Way to the Cross 2

Expectations. We all have them. Expectations can control us; they usually shape us. What are our expectations? Lent can transform our expectations. Consider Mary and Peter as their expectations were transformed. Since I was a little guy I’ve heard that when Jesus asked Peter who he (Jesus) was, Peter blurted out “Messiah!” But no sooner [Read More...]

On the Way to the Cross

I want to spend some time this Lenten season reflecting how we naturally walk with Mary and Peter to the Cross, to Easter and then on to Pentecost. When I wrote The Real Mary, the one theme that came home to me was this: to follow Mary is a walk to the cross. She’s an [Read More...]

A Christmas Question about Mary

From a reader: Dear Prof. McKnight, I just finished listening to your interview on Midday Connection and am thrilled with the topic of your most recent book about Mary [The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus]. I recently wrote a Luke-based devotional called Divine Duct Tape and through it became [Read More...]

Mary in the Blog World

Our friend, L.L. Barkat, was inspired to reflect on Mary and it led to her thinking it would be good to give a copy of our Mary book (The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus ) away, and then she decided to open up comments on her blog to reflections [Read More...]

Aug 15, The Assumption of Mary and Protestants

I believe most Protestants know more about what they don’t believe about Mary than what they do believe about Mary. In an effort to get us to think about Mary, I wrote The Real Mary. I think we’ve got to get back to the Bible to see what it says. Themes about Mary are found [Read More...]

Girl Meets Mary

We get enough e-mails about our books; rarely do I say much about them, but I have to share this one. Why? Because she’s eighteen and because her letter was so delightful for both Kris and me. I’ve edited it a bit to hide her identity. [Read more...]

On the Way to the Cross 5

I apologize for last week’s omission of our development of the characters of Peter and Mary when it comes to a crucified Messiah. We were in Seattle, got home late, and it didn’t even cross my mind. But, we’re back — Mary’s at the Cross, Peter has skipped away. The rugged reality confronts both of [Read More...]


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