This thread may not properly belong under “apologetics,” but I had a hard time deciding where to put it. I hope no one minds it being here. . . .
A common Catholic response to the Protestant accusation of over-emphasis on Mary is that the Protestants under-emphasize her. I have heard a number of Catholic converts claim they have never heard (or given) a sermon on Mary, despite her prominence in the Gospels.
This morning that changed for me, as I heard Bob Russell from Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, give a sermon on the radio on Mary. The title of the sermon had to do with raising kids and passing on Christianity to the next generation, but the entirety of the sermon focused on Mary, from the Annunciation to her heart being pierced at the foot of the cross.
Granted, he skirted the issue of the Immaculate Conception and Perpetual Virginity, but who can blame him. He pastors the largest church in the area (their website boasts a new record of nearly 30,000 attendees at last Easter’s services), yet I am consistently amazed at how Catholic he sounds. In the past, I’ve heard him speak on the necessity of baptism and the primacy of Peter. Just last week, in a related sermon on passing on Christianity to the next generation, he used the story of the Maccabean martyrs (the mother and her 7 sons) :eek: to display how we should remain faithful God despite all.
Bob Russell is retiring soon, so my questions are: Has anyone heard of him or his nationally syndicated radio program? Given his Catholic view, does anyone know if his retirement has anything to do with a possible conversion? Finally, has anyone heard of other Protestant pastors paralleling Catholicism without coming out and endorsing it?
I’m hoping this becomes a popular trend amound Protestant pastors!!!