A Letter to My Church

The following is a letter I sent to my church’s elders and deacons the other day. While I will keep the rest of the email conversation private, I will say that it was well-received and will be an ongoing conversation. I’ve edited out people’s names for privacy. I am posting it here as an inspiration and a resource for anyone who also sees the need for change in her church. Dear Members of [Church] Consistory: Keep Reading…

When Thousands of Women Loved Something and I Didn’t

This is probably going to be an unpopular post, but since much of the If:Gathering was about being authentic, and Brene Brown says that “authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are”, then I guess I’ll go for it. I didn’t attend the If:Gathering in person; I watched online and I followed along on Twitter.  I had been excited for it; it Keep Reading…

What Does It Mean to Be Alive?

Back in January, I chose the word “abundant” as part of the One Word 365 project.   Since I have never kept to any New Year’s Resolutions, I thought this would be easier–er, more meaningful…yeah, that’s it–than attempting to keep any resolutions.  It was great.  I thought and thought about my word, and then chose it based on what Jesus says in John 10:10 I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. Keep Reading…

A Schism in the Church? Maybe. Maybe Not.

Tony Jones has called for people to leave the church: The time has come for a schism regarding the issue of women in the church. Those of us who know that women should be accorded full participation in every aspect of church life need to visibly and forcefully separate ourselves from those who do not. Their subjugation of women is anti-Christian, and it should be tolerated no longer.That means: If you attend a church that Keep Reading…

Judging Her Heart by Her Clothing

Summer is still in full swing, and so are the posts about modesty and bathing suits.  A few weeks ago, I finally bought a bikini.  I’d been planning on it since I wrote “Modesty, the Bikini, and Lust, Oh My!” Up until I was on vacation, I hadn’t found one in the right price range that I liked, plus, I didn’t want to order one online because I knew I would have to try on Keep Reading…

Update on Study Guide: Called to Influence

Way back in October of 2012, I let you know about a study guide I was writing to use in a Sunday school class at church.  Today, I printed it, copied it, put it in folders, put labels on the folders, and set it out with a sign-up sheet.  It’s done.   Well, done for now.  I hope that as we go through the class, I’ll be able to see what works and what doesn’t Keep Reading…

Worth Reading Wednesday: A Year of Biblical Womanhood

It’s probably not a surprise that this week’s edition of Worth Reading Wednesday is promoting Rachel Held Evans’ book A Year of Biblical Womanhood. In Held Evans’ book, one of the topics she writes about is the “Proverbs 31 Woman” (chapter 4, January, “Valor”).  She writes that in the Evangelical Christian subculture in which she grew up, she learned that the woman described in Proverbs 31 is “thought to represent God’s ideal for women” (74), Keep Reading…

Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  I also initially posted a shorter version of this review on Amazon.com and then expanded it here. When I just started to read A Year of Biblical Womanhood, I discovered that it had been described as putting the Bible “on trial “in the court of Rachel Held Evans, where she would be the “prosecution, judge, and jury” who would have the “final word on womanhood.” Keep Reading…

Women Leaders in the Bible

Over the next few months, I am going to be preparing some curriculum to teach a Sunday School class at my church about women leaders in the Bible.  While I have a lot of ideas as to what to include, I would love to hear from you what you think it should include.  In other words, if you were taking the class, what questions would you come in with and what would you want to Keep Reading…

The Church Shopping Saga Continues: Are There Mission/Service Opportunities in Which to Participate?

This post is one in a series about the adventure of finding a new church to attend after moving to a new town.  You can find the others with the label “Church Shopping“.  It’s been a while since I’ve written about our church shopping saga.  It appears that we’ve narrowed our church search down to two or three that have, for various reasons (that are difficult to put into words), made it to the top Keep Reading…