Tamar carefully removes her widowed clothing and puts on clothing and a veil that will signify to others that she is available for prostitution. She then walks to the entrance to Enaim to wait for her father-in-law, Judah. She is nervous as she waits, but this seems like the only option available for her. She … Continue reading The Courage of Tamar (Gen. 38)
What do we think of when we hear the name Eve? Does Eve’s name invoke a positive or negative image of her? Additionally, how does one’s perception of Eve relate to how one views women in general? Are women to be viewed as the cause of sin entering the world? There is a wide-spread understanding … Continue reading Was Eve Really a Seductress?
“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
In Luke’s Gospel, we have the account of the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary to inform her that she has found favor in God’s sight. In Mary’s conversation with Gabriel we are informed that God has chosen her to give birth to God’s own Son, who will be named Jesus. This conversation ends with Mary’s … Continue reading Taking a Risk in Saying Yes: Mary’s Faith
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
“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
I have a thinking spot. Every day I sit in my chair outside on my patio to meditate about God and seek to listen to God’s still, small voice. This morning when I opened the blinds to the back patio door, there was a toad sitting on the patio. Not being much of an outdoor’s … Continue reading The Toad
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
I don’t know about you, but I find that one of the most frustrating circumstances is to share with another person, or group of persons, a different point of view concerning a doctrinal or theological issue; and as soon as I stop speaking, if they wait that long, I am discredited without the benefit of … Continue reading Are We Holding Our Fingers in Our Ears?