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A veil, invisible | Though deeply felt | Has been wrapped around me, Covering me, Restricting me,
 

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As we celebrate the strong and faithful examples of many women in the Bible, we also recognize that their stories have too often been left untold. 

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Hand in hand, I know thee.

Heart to heart, I love thee.

Side by side, walk near thee.

Face to face, work with thee.

One hope, in Him we’re set free.

 

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I really think it’s very sad
No! Not just sad, extremely bad
That Eve alone was blamed for years
And women oft reduced to tears,
Because she boldly took the fruit
And ate it, when the serpent spoke.
The Hebrew scriptures make it clear
Adam was with her, standing near.
Do you think that thus she would have dared
Had he her lust not fully shared?
Poor Eve, condemned thenceforth to bear
Within herself the painful share
Of ordained consequence! Yet worse
By far what men then did.

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God of Hagar, Tamar, and Mary Magdalene | Of Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel
 
 
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God of Hagar, Tamar, and Mary Magdalene | Of Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel | God of Ruth, Esther, and Rahab | Of the Woman at the Well and the Woman They Would Have Stoned

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For most of my life, I didn’t understand the significance of Advent. It paled next to Christmas. And I felt the same indifference for Advent that I had for every other church season.

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I’ve avoided writing on rape culture for a while, because it’s a difficult issue to tackle from a Christian perspective. In my experience, Christian churches don’t often talk about power and consent, and even more rarely do they truly acknowledge the reach and implications of rape culture for the body of Christ.  

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We’ve all heard them. Stupid jokes and thoughtless comments. Sexist sayings and caricatures. From the pulpit, at the altar, in school, from boyfriends, girlfriends, teachers, parents, and friends. People pass off myths as facts and case-by-case examples as universal truth. Women are like this and men are like that. Women are obnoxious. Men are arrogant. Women are needy and men are emotionally unavailable. These statements are infused with cultural and gendered assumptions. They have no basis in the gospel and what’s more—they are rooted heavily in socialization. And yet, despite Christians’ pledge to reject unhealthy and sinful cultural messages, these painful and divisive gender jokes and ideologies have infiltrated the church. And it’s not no big deal, people. It’s a really big deal. Here’s why.

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I’m a one-breasted woman,
          I’m Christ’s Amazon,
I’m a one-breasted woman,
          I’m ready to fight.
I’m a one-breasted woman,
          my ax is at my side.
I’m a one-breasted woman,
          I keep attacking the enemy.

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