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Lexi Friesen
Most commonly known as an author and researcher, Halee Gray Scott (PhD) also teaches seminary courses, is married and has two daughters. Her writing has appeared in Christianity Today, Christian Education Journal, Books and Culture, Gifted for Leadership, and Breakfast Reading. In 2014, her book Dare Mighty Things: Mapping the Challenges of Leadership for Christian Women was released by Zondervan. She is an advocate for living each day to the fullest as she believes too many people can’t seem to get past the disappointments and heartbreaks in life. As she states on her website (, “I write about living well because I believe we have enough monsters in the world and not enough heroes.” Lexi Friesen: How did advocating for women’s leadership become a pas... Read more
Pandita Ramabai (1858-1922) is perhaps one of the most celebrated women in all of India's history. She founded the Mukti Mission in India. "Mukti" means "salvation," and her vision was to create an interdenominational community of Christians that served needy women and children. She was so successful that Mukti is often referred to as the best example of Christianity in action. The mission housed 800 abandoned babies, the blind, the handicapped, unwed mothers, and the ill. In addition to establishing the Mukti Mission, Pandita spent fifteen long years translating the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Marathi, a local dialect. According to one of her biographers, in all of church history there has yet to be another production of the Bible, from translation to print... Read more
Sojourner Truth (1797-1887) was an Abolitionist, suffragist, preacher, and social reformer. Sojourner caught the attention of many political leaders, even President Abraham Lincoln who was one of her admirers. Sojourner Truth, or Isabella, was born a slave and remembers hearing her mother cry long into the night as she mourned the loss of her children who had been sold away. Isabella's mother reminded her remaining children, "Oh my children there is a God who hears and sees you. He lives in the sky and when you are beaten or cruelly treated or fall into any trouble you must ask Him to help because he always hears you." Isabella, was sold away from her parents, and "married" to a slave on her plantation at the age of 17. After giving birth to 5 children, Isabel... Read more
One of the most celebrated women in all of Church history is Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). A Spanish mystic and Church reformer, Teresa battled against her own passionate nature to become a leader in the Counter Reformation and a reformer of her order—the Carmelites. Her book, Interior Castle, is considered a classic of Western spirituality. Today, Teresa's work is read more than any other women of her era. Teresa was Jewish by birth though her grandparents converted to Christianity during the Spanish Inquisition. Born into a wealthy family, Teresa entered a monastery at the age of twenty, following much philandering during her teens. Once a Carmelite, Teresa believed that God was calling her to a life of prayer. Though her contemplative life was repeatedly disrupted by... Read more
To our great surprise, our first president, beloved leader, and founder of Christians for Biblical Equality, Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger, contracted pneumonia and died suddenly on Monday, February 14, 2011. If you are like me, you may find this news entirely out of character with Cathie. For so many of us, Cathie was the embodiment of unsinkable human vitality. A member of the faculty at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and founder and president of PASCH (Peace and Safety in the Christian Home), Catherine was mother to five, grandmother to ten, foster mother to many more, and mentor to hundreds of students and leaders around the world. The scope of her leadership and scholarly achievement was far-reaching. Her research interests centered on gender, having published more than ten volu... Read more
Some knew him as Papa. Others referred to him as professor. Thousands regarded him as founding member and president of the Evangelical Theological Society. For Christian women called to ministry, Roger was a wise and vigorous champion. He was deeply burdened by the lack of support women often received while training in seminary. In praying for them one evening, Roger asked God to send them someone who could bring them great help. Amid this prayer, God seemed to be inviting him to become that help. Immediately, Roger responded with, "I will, Lord!" From that moment onward, he devoted his talents to challenging theological perspectives that obscured Scripture’s support for women’s leadership. His advocacy for women was especially prominent in organizations like the Evan... Read more
“…‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12: 9-10, TNIV). Have you ever noticed that God seems to delight in confronting the prejudices of the church? Have you also noted how failures and disappointments, even raw prejudice, can be used by God to prepare us for extraordinary leadership? Don’t you love the way God recycles pain, even rejection by others, to make us better servants of the cross of Christ?! Consider the life of Gladys Aylwar... Read more