This week Dr. Marilyn Draper, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at the Seminary, will be speaking.
Dr. Draper reflects, “In The Crucifixion, Fleming Rutledge writes: ‘Surprisingly, the liturgical season of Advent, rather than Lent, best locates the Christian community. Advent—the time between—with its themes of crisis and judgement, now and not-yet, places us not in some privileged spiritual sanctuary but on the frontier where the promised kingdom of God exerts maximum pressure on the present, with corresponding signs of suffering and struggle.’ Mary, the mother of Jesus, experienced living on the frontier of God’s promised kingdom. As Mary travelled to Bethlehem, she may have had the words of the psalms, and particularly Psalm 130, in her thoughts. In Tuesday’s chapel, you will hear afresh the hope offered to Mary: “Nothing is impossible with God”