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AS I PUT THE FINAL touches on this chapter, the year 2000 is washing over the planet. Through television we witness the world welcoming in a new millennium with endless fireworks and festivities. The global celebration also brings somber moments of reflection, as people everywhere consider ways to improve themselves and the quality of their lives. People resolve to exercise more, eat less, stop smoking, take vitamins, get organised, and spend more time with family. Christians promise themselves to do a better job with quiet time, maybe even read the whole Bible this year. But it seems to me that the best thing a woman can resolve to do for herself is to get serious about theology, not just commit to read the Bible and pray more but to get to know the one who comes to us in the pages of Scripture. It’s time to do some “pop-eyed” gazing of our own and work to know Jesus better in the days ahead.
As we turn one last time to Mary’s story, we will see the difference her theology makes in her. This time we will not find her at Jesus’ feet to listen or to weep. Instead her eyes will be fixed on Jesus, and she will use her theology for the benefit of others.
Taken from When Life and Beliefs Collide by Carolyn Custis James. Copyright (c) 2001 by Carolyn C. James. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com
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Carolyn Custis James (BA, Sociology; MA, Biblical Studies) thinks deeply about what it means to be a female follower of Jesus in a postmodern world. As a cancer survivor, she is grateful to be alive and determined to address the issues that matter most. She travels extensively both in the US and abroad as a speaker for churches, conferences, colleges, theological seminaries, and other Christian organisations. She is an adjunct professor at Biblical Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, blogs on www.whitbyforum.com and Huffington Post / Religion, and is a contributing editor for Leadership Journal.