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John Lommel
The church's patriarchal past (and present) is notorious for hiding and diluting the work of women for the kingdom of God. Laceye C. Warner removes the shadow from the evangelistic work of seven women from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in her book Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice.  Read more
Tomboy. This label still seems far too domesticated a term for my childhood as I loved tromping through creeks, making elaborate forts, crawling around in camouflage, and climbing up pine trees. My parents never discouraged my outlets of energy nor my desires to become a detective, a lawyer, or the president; they encouraged me to be all God made me to be. Interestingly, the message I received in Sunday school and gleaned from weekly sermons did not match my parents’ encouragement. Read more
In 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) used the phrase “best interest(s) of the child” five times in its forty articles. Christian scholars not only question the reduction of parental guidance this phrase may inspire, but others have also pondered the difference between “best interest” and “best love” in nurturing children. Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen—a leading Christian psychologist—will examine how theological traditions have affirmed not only the autonomy, or “sovereignty,” of individuals, but also social institutions, including the family. Mary will also propose a “third way” between the extremes of cultural relativism and biological determinism in Christian families. Read more
Egalitarian marriage is a marriage without any hierarchy. Theoretically, everything operates on an equal plane. Tasks and responsibilities are equally shared. We believe that full partnership in marriage is the most biblical view, producing the most intimate, wholesome, and mutually fulfilling marriages. This workshop examines the practical aspects of living out the egalitarian vision. It examines how a husband and wife must work cooperatively to enjoy a healthy, holy, and happy life together. This workshop is most applicable for marriage relationships and ministry practitioners. Read more
“Divorce is not the enemy; abuse is not the enemy. Dead marital relationships are the enemy,” says marriage and family therapist Terry Hargrave, recently hired by Fuller. How do we revive the relationship, the “oneness,” the “we” in marriage? How do we nurture “we” without losing “me?” What about power, mutual submission, and transformation in marriage? How do we move beyond focusing solely on our marriages and our kids and participate in missions to the larger world? We will explore the legacy of one biblical multi-generational family to address this last question. The workshop is geared not only toward those anticipating marriage, but also to those of any age ready to take a fresh look at their marriages, mentors interested in nurturing younger marriages, and anyone needing an encouraging reminder that, single or married, God has a fulfilling mission for each one of us. Read more
Finally Feminist is designed to speak to both sides of the gender debate within the evangelical church. Stackhouse attempts to affirm both sides with "a single, coherent paradigm that amounts finally to a Christian feminism" (10). The book grew out of a series of lectures given while the author was a visiting scholar at Taylor University (Indiana) and Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia. Only 144 pages, the book's discussion of gender is limited to the status and roles of women and men in church and family. Read more
Seeking Justice and Loving Mercy: Gender and Equality in the Bible and our Culture Read more
Carrie Miles' well-written book should be read by all who cherish the institution of marriage and wish to understand (and stem) its decline. Miles, who has a PhD from the University of Chicago, is associate director of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture. Using the tools of socioeconomic analysis, her book explores two large questions: (1) What biblical norms should anchor marriage and family in every time and place? and (2) What material forces either support or undermine people's ability to live up to those norms? Read more
What does it mean to be founders of a nation chosen by God? Power? Privilege? Pride? Jacob’s blessing of his first four sons, recorded in Genesis 49:1-12, paints a different picture of God’s ideal. This article will trace themes of alienation and identification to show that the integrity of the sons of Israel is challenged and ultimately identified by the voice—or the lack of voice—of a grieving concubine (Gen. 35:16-22), a disgraced sister (Gen. 34), and a widowed daughter-in-law (Gen. 38). Read more
Kelvin Belfon
In July 2006, I welcomed the reprinting of this marriage classic. Kari Torjesen Malcolm is an expert on the subject of marriage and family. Born of a Norwegian missionary couple in China, Malcolm later served as a missionary to the Philippines for fifteen years with her husband and two children. Building Your Family to Last was written to help individuals build lasting families by putting Christ first in their lives (9). Christian married couples and single readers alike will find her message relevant, precise, provocative, and biblical. Read more

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