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
The second sermon in my Summer of Love series is about holiness. The church is called to be a holy people. As God is love, so God is holy, and for the same reason too. Holiness is loving God and others as God loves us. God is love because God is Triune, and God is … Continue reading Love Leads to Holiness: Reconciling our Walks
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
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)
Part one discussed the need to address the issue of women preaching by examining what it means to be created in God’s image. Part two is a reflection on the Triune God. Part three will focus on the implications of the relationship of the immanent Trinity to understanding the imago Dei. Part 2: Reflection … Continue reading Does Trinitarian Theology Support Women in the Pulpit? (Part 2 of 3)
Part 1: An Introduction The issue on the validity of women in the pulpit has long been debated. Those who promote it and those who oppose it both have an arsenal of scriptural references, doctrinal beliefs, allegiance to traditionalism, egalitarian versus patriarchal hermeneutical understandings of male-female relationships, and an array of biblical criticisms to … Continue reading Does Trinitarian Theology Support Women in the Pulpit? (Part 1 of 3)
The woman answered him, “I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” (John 4:17-18 NSRV) The Samaritan woman at the well is a … Continue reading Do you know the woman at the well? Probably not
"Many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee while ministering to Him. Among them was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee" (Mt. 27:55-56 NASB). Our words are very important. Therefore, why do we continue to … Continue reading Why won’t you call me a disciple?
When will we hear the story of Bathsheba from her own point of view? Scripture, itself, is silent in regards to the thoughts and feelings of this woman. Yet, might there be a valid reason to examine the circumstances that she faced? Can we try to imagine her feelings as she found herself in a … Continue reading When will we let Bathsheba speak?
In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus teaches the parable of the talents. Their master gave three servants talents. The first two go and trade and increase their talents, but the third servant in the parable, knowing what is expected of him, still goes and buries his talent because he is afraid. When the master returns to settle … Continue reading Why is it wrong for a woman to preach?