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In The #MeToo Reckoning, Everhart invites readers to “explore two types of stories around sexual assault”—current stories in the Protestant church and biblical stories. Each chapter begins with a contemporary quote and a Bible verse and ends with questions for further reflection. Everhart argues that the church has been too slow to connect the assumptions of patriarchy with the realities of sexual abuse.  Read more
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In her book, 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership, Kate Coleman outlines what she believes are the seven most destructive behaviors that women in leadership succumb to: limiting self-perceptions, failure to draw the line, inadequate personal vision, an unhealthy work-life rhythm, the ‘disease to please,' colluding instead of confronting, and neglecting family matters. Read more
Ellen Richard Vosburg
I am glad we get to pay more attention to Mary in this month’s issue. We invite you to journey with our writers as they rediscover Mary through theology, personal reflection, and real-world experiences with those who can give us insight into Mary. We hope that through this Advent season, you are encouraged to listen to Mary and discover her anew for yourself. Read more
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I recently saw a meme of the Virgin Mary with the words “well-behaved women make history” on it. The meme was a pushback on the pithy saying, “well-behaved women rarely make history.” Whoever made this meme apparently wanted women to think that we can change history if we “behave” like Mary.  Read more
So, what does the Bible have to say in response to the issues raised by the #MeToo movement? It seems to me that the central response to this question is the name of Jesus the Messiah’s mother—Mary. The name Mary means “one who has endured much pain and suffering.” It was a common name given to girls in the first century, especially in villages like Nazareth.     Read more
Favored is she who relies on God.  She trusts without full understanding.  She expects His will to triumph.  Confident is she who knows the Lord. Read more
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The story of Jesus’ birth might be the most misquoted and misunderstood story in the gospels. Luke’s gospel account of both the annunciation and the nativity are strikingly unique, because not only does Luke meticulously detail the events but he also puts a woman, Mary, in the spotlight of the narrative—something that no other gospel writer does Read more
Eliza Stiles
To talk about a woman in the church is to deal with the reality of her body, as if her body—her physical being—is some issue with which she must deal. For Mary, this looks like telling the story of Jesus’ birth as if Mary’s body played little to no role in the coming of Christ. One minute Mary didn’t have Jesus, and the next she did. Read more
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Disruptions are inevitable in this life. We face circumstances and events in our day-to-day lives that feel like giant mountains, road blocks, and dead ends. Bad things happen to us, our families, and the people we love. Maybe it is a disappointing diagnosis, a rejection, or the end of a job. When bad things happen, we often feel like we have no agency or choice about the matter. Read more
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God called Mary to something much greater than her social location. I find it comforting to note that she was called “highly favored” before she said yes to God. It wasn’t her obedience that made her highly favored. Her significance was in her insignificance. Because of who she was and where she was from, she was chosen to bear God’s son. Read more