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The Other Noah

The recently released film Noah has highlighted the fact that many people are at least somewhat familiar with the biblical character of Noah and his story, whether or not they’ve ever stepped into a church. This may simply mean some vague knowledge of an ark, some animals, a rainbow…. or maybe a unicorn that missed […]

“Then Esther Spoke”

I vividly remember an energetic retelling of the story of Esther at a youth conference when I was a teenager. This performance of Esther highlighted the well-known 4:14b, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (NIV). At the time, I was unaware that “for […]

Book Review: The New Perspective on Mary and Martha

The New Perspective on Mary and Martha by Mary Stromer Hanson Reviewed by Judith A. Diehl Recently, as I was listening to a Christian radio station, the female announcer shared that she was feeling guilty about her busy life. She made reference to the biblical “story of Mary and Martha,” typically feeling at fault because […]

Book Review: Bold Girls Speak

Bold Girls Speak by Mary Stromer Hanson Reviewed by Ruth Burton This book is a wonderful collection of stories written for a young audience about girls in the Bible who dared to either speak up or work in difficult situations. The author has added beautiful fictional details to the stories so that the reader can […]

Book Review: Junia, A Woman, An Apostle

“Was there a woman apostle? Yes. Her name was Junia. How do I know? Because the Bible tells me so” (154).* Junia, A Woman, An Apostle by David Williams is a thorough examination of Romans 16:7. The book is intended to introduce general readership to the technical arguments for the conclusion that the person spoken […]

Poem: Holy Week Women

Cross from Colors

At Passover we celebrate how God used Moses to deliver Israel from slavery how his staff kept them from drowning in the Red Sea We forget how when Pharaoh ordered a gendercide the midwives delivered this Hebrew baby how his mother’s reeds kept him from drowning in the Nile Who knew underwater basket-weaving was worthwhile? […]

Rebekah: The Guardian and Protector of Israel

I’ve grown up in the church all my life and have always heard Rebekah talked about in a negative light. Teachers and leaders have called her manipulative, deceptive, and lacking in submission to God and to her husband. Tradition has not been kind to Rebekah and I believe she is one of the most misrepresented […]

The Unconventional Heroine

Couched between the Jacob and Joseph narratives the story of Judah and Tamar, found in Genesis 38, is presented amidst the sordid fray of poor and destructive decision making where an unexpected heroine here arises. Somehow she manages to persevere against great odds in spite of the abusive masculine roles employed against her. Tamar is purchased […]