I overheard this recently: “There was nothing special about Mary, the Mother of Jesus. She was simply the vessel God chose to surrogate his son. He could have chosen any woman for his purposes, she just happened to be the one he chose. She was a young, imperfect girl who could not possibly have understood all … Continue reading The Demeaning of Mary Full of Grace
For those who have, or have not, been following the firestorm surrounding comments regarding domestic violence that were made by Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), I would like to address a distinct aspect of this controversy that could easily be overlooked. First of all, it is right to both oppose and … Continue reading Radical Complementarianism: The View of Women Underlying Current Controversy
There are some things in life that pause the entire momentum of our schedules and force the swirling inertia of our multi-tasked lives to stop -- and behold. They can even take our breath away. In my adult life, I have found such experiences to be more prevalent within the chambers of a good museum. … Continue reading ‘He Careth’ – How a Painting Makes Providence Come to Life
Jewish men would often pray this morning prayer: "Thanks be to God that He did not make me a Gentile, that He did not make me an ignorant slave, or a woman."(1) Paul's words in Galatians 3:28 seem to purposefully upend this prayer: (In Christ Jesus) There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor … Continue reading The Apostle Paul changed his mind about women…perhaps someday we will too.
To this day, Constantine I (AD 272-337) is a polarizing figure. He is hailed by some as a savior of the Christian faith - a saint among saints. Others portray him as a villain in the Christian story, and question whether or not he ever truly had an authentic conversion experience with Christ. In either … Continue reading What happened to the cross of Christ? Just ask Helena, Constantine the Great’s mum.
From the book of Genesis forward, God has made clear that His people are to bless others as a natural outflow of the blessings God has given them. Over the last few weeks, I have tried to identify some important Judeo-Christian teachings concerning the responsibility of God's people to care for the needy. We began … Continue reading Francis of Assisi: What it Means to Kiss the Hand of the Leper
Of all the scandals with which the Christian faith has been plagued, one of the most peculiar has nearly been forgotten. After all, how many people have ever heard of a female pope who posed as a man? To add to the strangstories most stories claim her secret was revealed when she went into premature … Continue reading Meet Joan, the Cross-Dressing Female Pope