Songs of Women

Every year in Advent, as we sing the Magnificat, I’m reminded of the song of Hannah, the mother of Samuel. The Bible has a long tradition of powerful birth stories, one which Luke participated in with his rich details. I’ve talked about the nativity of Samson, with its contrast between Samson’s faith filled mother and…

New Year? Get Smaller!
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New Year? Get Smaller!

It’s always worse in January. My social media feeds all have ads, because that’s life, and some of those ads include weight loss products, but it’s always worse in January. Right now intermittent fasting is the hot trend, so I’m seeing ads for how to do that for your age, your body type, your blood…

God, Our Parent
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God, Our Parent

I may have mentioned in the past my opinion that the early church went far astray when they limited leadership and theology to single men. I stand by that opinion. When the church disenfranchised women, a move clearly against what Jesus intended, we lost theological access to the feminine within the Godhead. But today I…

The Not Knowing
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The Not Knowing

While in vacation near Boone, NC this summer, we drove past a billboard several times. It said, “Jesus is the answer to every problem.” I call heresy. I understand the theology behind this bill board, because I grew up believing it. I read the Bible and studied it in middle school and high school, believing…