“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
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
Women are more than their outward appearance, yet are women admired more for their beauty or for their brains? How many compliments do you hear in regards to a woman’s intelligence? How often do you hear someone comment—positively or negatively—about a woman’s appearance? We live in a world in which, despite their qualifications, women are … Continue reading Really Seeing Abigail: Brains before Beauty
“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 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?