Tag Archives: Church

Why the Church Needs Feminism, Part 4

From Part 3: In the church, the narrative we write for women is important. If the narrative is narrow and unyielding, if the roles are predetermined and leave zero room for diversity, then those who are seen as outliers become the outcasts. The outcasts become the vulnerable. The vulnerable become the victims. The…

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Without Vision, Ministry Perishes (Part 2)

Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint. (Prov. 29:18, NRSV) — When I was teaching one of my favorite poems was Taylor Mali’s “What Teachers Make.” The final line (very edited) states, “Here, let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true: Teachers make…

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Teaching Women Effectively

Women’s studies have had a reputation of being fluffy. I am not sure exactly where this reputation began, although it may have to do with a preference for meeting “felt needs” rather than “real needs.” A felt needs approach would likely give preference to instruction on something practical that helps women meet every…

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Jesus, TED Talks, and Conversation

I love TED Talks. These short, informative and often witty lectures allow me to peek into the professional world of some highly influential and inspiring thinkers of our day. I’ve learned all kinds of things from people who have spent a lifetime studying, refining, researching and loving the journey of discovery. As a…

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Why the Church Needs Feminism, Part 3

From Part 2: “In church services, women rarely hear themselves reflected in the nature of God. And when you don’t see yourself represented in something as important as faith, then it is really difficult to take ownership of the whole thing. There’s a devaluing that happens, whether intentionally or unintentionally.” — Shame and…

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Could Our Loss Be the Kingdom’s Gain?

I can remember those creaky wood floors, the smell of old Bibles and hymnals, and the sunlight on my face as I stood on the porch staring out at the tiny town my grandfather’s family had called home like it was yesterday. Laughter and excited greetings filled the air. One image, though, stands…

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