In this issue, we look at the plight of women caught in the tension between what is wholesome, life-affirming, and mutually beneficial in faith and more repressive teaching and its sometimes abusive results.
Pastor Leslie Ann McKinney passionately believes that God loves and accepts his daughters and has created Accepted in the Beloved: A Devotional Bible Study for Women on Finding Healing and Wholeness in God's Love to help women know and experience this love for themselves. The book is suitable for individual and group studies, but it is also a…
Violence against women is an ugly reality in our fallen world. And the more one studies this subject and the more one listens to women, the uglier it gets. This makes The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help a particularly welcome addition to the literature on male violence against women.
I have been a Christian for more than fifty years and a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators for forty years, but it has only been in the last ten years that I have realized how much my Christianity has been influenced by my Confucian heritage as a Japanese American. Reflecting back on my missionary experience, I have discovered a number…
Today, in the interest of global peace, various post-Christian popular cultures (e.g., in Africa, Great Britain, the United States, etc.) have been stressing that Christians, Muslims, and Jews are all children of Abraham, worshipping the same God, and thereby seeking to unify the thinking of all three faiths. But do Christian pastors really…
The topic of gender and justice in the New Testament raises two preliminary questions: First, what modern sense of “justice” and of “gender” is closest to the intent of New Testament writers, and, second, how was gender related to justice in Greco-Roman society?
Sword mistress who taught me to hold my blade
Always ready for defense or offense.
Sword mistress with weakening arm
and weakening eyes.
Sword mistress of the faultering foot.
The unsteady voice.
Sword mistress finally sheathed.
Detached from the belt.
The hiss of my saber drawn from its sheath
Is the memory of your whispered…
In the introduction to their important new book, Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home, the editors, CBE founder Catherine Clark Kroeger, Nancy Nason-Clark, and Barbara Fisher-Townsend, underscore the tensions raised when abuse is uncovered in Christian quarters: