Vashti: Deposing a Woman of Dignity

In a world where a king is celebrated and honored, and his wishes and desires are immediately met, we are introduced to a woman who stands up for her own dignity and refuses a request made by the king. Request is a dubious word choice. A request by the king is more than just a … Continue reading Vashti: Deposing a Woman of Dignity

Crumbling Walls with the Sound of Saving Grace

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and … Continue reading Crumbling Walls with the Sound of Saving Grace

Shiphrah and Puah: Deliverers and Liberators for God

The metaphor of midwife is used of God to help better understand God as a deliverer when the people of Israel are in Babylonian exile (Ps. 22, 71). L. Juliana M. Claassens writes, “The image of the midwife powerfully communicates the commitment to preserve life in life-and-death situations.”[1] Just as the metaphor of God as … Continue reading Shiphrah and Puah: Deliverers and Liberators for God

The Breaking of Precious Things

“While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. But some were there who said to one another in anger, … Continue reading The Breaking of Precious Things

Dealing Lovingly & Nonjudgmentally Toward Others

Scripture: John 8:1-11 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center … Continue reading Dealing Lovingly & Nonjudgmentally Toward Others

Call Me Mara: The Strength & Courage to Admit We are Not ‘Fine’

In the book of Ruth in the bible, we have a story of love, but this is a love story of women who live out true sisterhood. It is a story of the relationship between two widowed women: Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi. The book of Ruth is special for many reasons. First, women are … Continue reading Call Me Mara: The Strength & Courage to Admit We are Not ‘Fine’

Holy Saturday: Waiting, Weeping, Wondering

Today is Holy Saturday, a day of waiting, weeping and wondering. Many of us know what it is like to sit in silence and wait for an unknown future. We have sat in hospital waiting rooms while a loved one is in surgery, we have waited for a call from the doctor with test results … Continue reading Holy Saturday: Waiting, Weeping, Wondering

Favorite reads of 2021

Well, it is that time of year again. I've reviewed the list of books I read this past year, and these were my favorites (in no particular order): Feminist Approaches to the Bible by Phyllis Trible Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks Reading the Bible from the Margins by Miguel A. de … Continue reading Favorite reads of 2021