I’m preaching again tomorrow, this time at First Baptist Church, McMinnville. They’re doing a summer series called “Faces of Faith,” and I’m going to talk about Mary Magdalene. I’ve discovered an amazing legend that I’d never heard of, that Mary Magdalene went to Marseilles and preached, converting many. It developed in France in the Middle Ages. Here’s a 16th century Dutch painting of her preaching (click on the picture to see a bigger version):
I get crabby about the tradition of Mary Magdalene-as-prostitute, which has no basis in Scripture (it comes from conflating her story with the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears). The French preaching tradition can at least be traced to her being sent by Jesus to tell the disciples what she had seen in John 20. And I find it inspiring.