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ARDEN UPDATE #21: Another Milestone . . . Actually Two

Our Arden is turning seven next week. It’s an important milestone. She was four when doctors discovered she had severe hip dysplasia. Two surgeries later, at least three spica casts, lots of physical therapy, and a determination to ride her … Continue reading

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No more Cinderella. We need hope!

“. . . this harmless looking little story . . . will awaken us to a whole new way of being human that will reconfigure our lives and leave us longing for more. . . . and will inject rich … Continue reading

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“A grounding and crucial read”

Sometimes a book finds you at just the right time in your life.  I’d known of Carolyn Custis James’ book, Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women, since it was first published 10 years ago. But it was one … Continue reading

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Even more reason to dismantle patriarchy!

You will need to sit down to watch this video. Please know, I am well aware that both Médine Keener‘s presentation above titled “Abuse of Women in Africa” and mine, “Dismantling Patriarchy and Recovering the Blessed Alliance,” are each 40 … Continue reading

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Dismantling Patriarchy and Recovering the Blessed Alliance

Just as Covid won’t go away without effective vaccines . . . . As Christians, we cannot in good conscience adequately address this global crisis of Violence Against Women without exploring causative factors that increase female vulnerability and allow violence against women to occur within our … Continue reading

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Pursuing the Pilgrim Principle

One of the books I’m reading at the moment is Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s A New Gospel for Women: Katherine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism. Professor of History and Gender at Calvin College, Dr. Du Mez wrote this … Continue reading

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#MeToo Story 3: King David’s Daughter Tamar

Her Face in Her Hands:Tamar’s Story as a Blessing during #MeToo/#ChurchToo 2 Samuel 13Written by Amy Lineburg Knöttner The Patriarchal Backdrop As the first-born son, he held the the position of highest value in the family, and yet Amnon wanted … Continue reading

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#MeToo Story 2: Bathsheba

Bathsheba’s #MeToo Story and King David’s Crimes 2 Samuel 11:1—12:14; Psalm 51Written by Yeohan Ko People can see various kinds of sexual abuse in the Bible, but I think that the most horrible case is what happened to Bathsheba. She … Continue reading

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#MeToo Story 1: Hagar

A #MeToo Story Hidden in Plain Sight Genesis 16Written by Josh Macha Hagar’s experience is a #MeToo story hiding in plain sight. Hagar, Sarai’s Egyptian servant, is given to Abram as a solution to Sarai’s infertility. After laying with Abram, … Continue reading

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Confronting the Bible’s #MeToo Stories

“Women’s story is there [in the Bible] written large, though it may be hidden in the text, and finding it might be like digging for gold.” ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––Rabbi Julia Neuberger In the early days of my quest to understand the Bible’s … Continue reading

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