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"All Christian ministry begins with the announcement that Jesus has been
raised from the dead. And Jesus entrusted that task, first of all, not
to Peter, James, or John, but to Mary Magdalene. Part of the point of
the new creation launched at Easter was the transformation of roles and
vocations: from Jews-only to worldwide, from monoglot to multilingual
(think of Pentecost), and from male-only leadership to male and female
Within a few decades, Paul was sending greetings to
friends including an "apostle"called Junia (Romans 16:7). He entrusted
that letter to a "deacon" called Phoebe whose work was taking her to
Rome. The letter-bearer would normally be the one to read it out to the
recipients and explain its contents. The first expositor of Paul's
greatest letter was an ordained travelling businesswoman.
resurrection of Jesus is the only Christian guide to the question of
where history is going. Unlike the ambiguous "progress" of the
Enlightenment, it is full of promise—especially the promise of
transformed gender roles.
The promise of new creation,
symbolised by the role of Mary Magdalene in the Easter stories, is the
reality. Modern ideas of “progress” are simply a parody. Next time this
one comes round, it would be good to forget "progress"—and ministerial
"program"—and stick with the promise." --N.T. Wright