Hagar and the ‘God Who Sees Me’ (Part 2)

Part 1 looked at the cultural/political and religious/ethical situation in the time of Hagar, Sarah and Abraham, and the impact this may have had on their story. Part 2 delves more deeply into Hagar’s life. Hagar’s Situation Sarah and Hagar had more in common than either realised – in a patriarchal culture and a violent and… Continue reading Hagar and the ‘God Who Sees Me’ (Part 2)

Hagar and the ‘God Who Sees Me’ (Part 1)

This is part 1 of a 2 post series. Pregnancy – you might desperately long for it, or recoil from it. It might evoke unbelievable joy or the depths of despair. It’s a fair call to say this is one situation that almost never creates a wholly neutral emotional response. There are many reasons why a… Continue reading Hagar and the ‘God Who Sees Me’ (Part 1)

“Men Need Respect, Women Need Love”?

“Women need love, but men need respect.” How often have you heard this, or similar statements? And so often, they are met with wisely knowing nods and exclamations (“oh, so true!”), and likes and shares on Facebook. These overly simplistic notions are popular when it comes to people trying to sort out the perceived differences… Continue reading “Men Need Respect, Women Need Love”?

4 Reasons Why the Archbishop of Sydney is Wrong About Gender

It’s not often that the statements of church leaders are considered even remotely newsworthy in Australia, where the general attitude to religion varies mostly from indifference to contempt. Sydney Anglicans have made a habit of making the news in the past 12 months for issues relating to gender roles – a series of news stories… Continue reading 4 Reasons Why the Archbishop of Sydney is Wrong About Gender

Champion of Women’s Rights: Domnic Misolo

Throughout this year, the God’s Design – Perth blog will be featuring the stories of a number of inspiring individuals. I wonder what your mental image of a women’s rights advocate looks like. A middle-aged woman in Doc Martens, with short hair and arty taste in clothes? A young female university student studying an Arts degree?… Continue reading Champion of Women’s Rights: Domnic Misolo

Taming Dragons

  “Remember, a dragon will always, always go for the kill,” instructs Gobber the Belch in the movie How to Train Your Dragon. Young Hiccup hears this statement, and suddenly a lightbulb comes on. Only a day or so before, Hiccup had cut loose the young dragon – later named Toothless – which was tangled… Continue reading Taming Dragons

Review: The Lion Bible for Children (Part 1)

Introducing a new series, “Children’s Bibles and Bible Story Books,” in which we will be looking a how women are represented in these books. We don’t arrive at adulthood as a clean slate, without preconceived ideas about gender. Throughout childhood and adolescence, many factors subtly or overtly contribute to building our concept of gender by… Continue reading Review: The Lion Bible for Children (Part 1)

St Hilda of Whitby – A Woman of Strength, Grace & Wisdom

St Patrick of Ireland, Edward the Confessor, Alfred the Great, St David of Wales, St Aidan of Lindisfarne – all instrumental figures in the establishment of Christianity in Britain. But women also played an important role – St Hilda of Whitby stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Salad Servers, Spanners and the Truth (or: 4 Common “Biblical” Untruths)

“I found your spanner, Mum!” “Huh? What are you talking about?” Heck, I don’t own a spanner. And there certainly shouldn’t be one in the kitchen today. “Look!” My 7 year old son proudly displays the pictured Tupperware salad server. With a touch of amusement, I explain what it is. “No, it’s a spanner!” “Salad… Continue reading Salad Servers, Spanners and the Truth (or: 4 Common “Biblical” Untruths)