Seeing the Blessing


“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:42 NRSV)   I find it amazing that Elizabeth was able to see that Mary had been blessed. Now, scripture tells us that before she spoke, she was filled with the Holy Spirit, but one has to be open to Spirit. … Continue reading Seeing the Blessing

Defeating Smaug: What Supporting Women in Ministry Really Means


“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

Must we always audition?


I believe that in preaching, as in other vocations, one improves with practice. It takes time to find one’s voice in preaching and become comfortable in preaching in a style that displays our unique personalities. Do we extend grace and time for women to develop as preachers or do we place them in the position … Continue reading Must we always audition?

A ‘Chick Flick’ from the Pulpit


We all have our own personal preferences when it comes to movies and perhaps the thought of sitting through a ‘chick flick’ makes your cringe—the crying, the laughing, and the female bonding just does not appeal to you at all! However, there is much that we could learn from ‘chick flicks’ that would be beneficial … Continue reading A ‘Chick Flick’ from the Pulpit

The Pulpit Challenge


As we enter summer and times of refreshing ourselves at the pool with glasses of lemonade and ice tea, I envision a summer where we experience a time of refreshing in the church. How might we do this? What if we experience a new, fresh voice from the pulpit: a female voice? Those who know … Continue reading The Pulpit Challenge

Celebrating High Heels in the Pulpit


As a preacher, who is a woman, it grieves my heart to see women, called of God, denied the opportunity to preach. My grief is not only for the women who struggle to find a place where they can use their gifts, but I grieve the lost opportunity for the congregation to experience the fullness … Continue reading Celebrating High Heels in the Pulpit

Does Trinitarian Theology Support Women in the Pulpit? (Part 3 of 3)


What does the egalitarian relationship of the Trinity have to do with being created in the image of God? And what implications does it have in regards to women in the pulpit?   Part 3: Humankind, the Imago Dei   “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and … Continue reading Does Trinitarian Theology Support Women in the Pulpit? (Part 3 of 3)