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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 […]

The Historical Fallacy of an Inconsistent Ethical Evaluation

One states, “It has not been the practice of the church that women can be bishops.” The other responds, “Well, what about Bishop Theodora?” Perhaps you are familiar with such a conversation. One presents a practice in church history, and the other responds by giving a counter-example. Both are responding according to the logic that […]

Galatians 3:28: Our Identity in Christ and in the Church

Blessings of Identity For two thousand years, every morning, many devout Jewish men have said the following prayer, or a similar form of it: “Blessed are you God of the universe who has not made me a Gentile, who has not made me a slave, who has not made me a woman.” This prayer is […]

He Didn’t Have To. He Chose To.

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I recently had the privilege of spending several days in Rome. Among many important sites, the most interesting to me was the ruins of Rome’s ancient harbor city, Ostia (you can take a virtual visit here: http://www.ostia-antica.org/). One standard feature of Greco-Roman cities which is plainly visible at Ostia is the domus, the home of […]

What is Paul’s “Mystery”?

Why is Paul in chains? And what is this mystery that God has now revealed? I believe the answer to both of these questions is the same. And it might not be what we typically think it is. If we miss it, we will miss the importance of Paul’s prison epistles. When Paul returns to […]

In Memory of Her

In Mark 14 and Matthew 26 we read of Jesus being anointed by a woman while visiting the home of a man called Simon the Leper. The story ends with Jesus’ words, “Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of […]