A New Year, a new blog direction

With each “new year” people like to make changes. They vow this or that, to do this or that or not to do this or that; however, most fall back into their ways soon enough. The same goes with blogging. I’ve changed course once or twice on this blog, moving from fundamentalism to a better Christianity. I’ve also stopped with the heresy hunting, among other things. And, I’ve stopped with the RSS feed. I’ve turned that, the re-posting of stories that I like or catches my attention, to the blog’s Facebook page.

With all of these changes taking place naturally over the past few years, I don’t really need another change. I think such committals are usually a sign of the blogger and a lack of desire to continue blogging.

This year is going to be a busy one, I think. I have to start writing the dissertation. I have an offer to submit to two volumes in a rather popular and heavily academic Brill series (3 are out thus far). Further, I would like to submit to two SBL sections this year. Granted, one of those proposals, and if accept then one of those papers, will be the basis for one of the chapters submitted to the Brill series, but over all this will be a very busy year for me.

I am looking for dedicated contributors, of course. Still. Always. So, let me know.

And, I will try to focus on Mary a bit and try to show you why I have no issue with the adoration of Mary. Remember, adoration and worship are two different things.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

4 thoughts on “A New Year, a new blog direction

    1. I must remember that these are English words and often unsophisticated as I was reminded on Twitter. The word behind Adoration is usually Latreia and reserved only for God – although, as the below shows, the English is sometimes used in connection with Mary.

      For me, adoration of Mary is not praise for she has done nothing but only in communication as a mother and a sister.


      1. “for she has done nothing but only in communication as a mother and a sister.” Holy cow! Tell that to any mother, and the “done nothing” part will get you some misery.

  1. The term Mother of God is a critical phrase that the father’s used to smoke out closet Nestorian’s. See St Cyril against Nestorius in the 3rd Ecumenical Council. The critical thing is that there is no salvation without Mary consenting at the annunciation and then giving the Logos his very own flesh, uniting God and man in himself. She freely participates in our salvation. Period. When I was still evangelical, I read Luke 1 and asked myself if I was obeying when it says “all nations will call me blessed”.

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