As a woman preacher, I am only too aware of what some consider a mandate for all women, for all time, to be silent in the church (1 Cor. 14:33-36). This is sometimes interpreted to deny that woman are called to be preachers, teachers, and leaders of the church. While, I, myself, have learned … Continue reading Why I Can’t Be Silent
Two weeks ago, I began my Summer of Love preaching series. To speak of love, means we must speak of God, for God is love. God is not a spiritual being filled-up with love, love is who God is. In essence God is love means that love does not exist without God. Why is this so? … Continue reading God is Love because God is Triune
“Look, I know you doubt me, I know you always have. And you’re right . . . I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my armchair, and my garden. See, that’s where I belong, that’s home. That’s why I came back . . .’cause you don’t have one, a home. It … Continue reading Defeating Smaug: What Supporting Women in Ministry Really Means
“At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment” (Judg. 4:4-5 NRSV). Deborah was a definitely a woman in leadership, and not just … Continue reading A legacy for women
In my work of advocating for women in leadership, I have been presented with an argument that women do not want other women to be in positions of leadership in the church. While I cannot deny that there are women who believe that leadership in the church is a designated role for men only, those … Continue reading Why are we blaming Women?
I love that song that we teach children in church, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine . . .” It affirms that God has given each of us gifts, a purpose—a light to shine. One thing that the song doesn’t address is that sometimes we prevent others from shining their … Continue reading Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine