Have you ever sat through a sermon, and come out fuming or saddened or just plain frustrated about some aspect of what the pastor said about marriage or women, but you haven’t known how to really put a biblical perspective on what you felt was wrong with what you heard? Or perhaps you’re a woman… Continue reading God’s Design Courses 2016
“The helpless woman waits patiently in her precarious position until the brave and manly firefighter ascends his ladder to rescue her…”
Many believers have so little grasp of what the concept “made in the image of God” – the kind of image that truly should matter to us as Christians – really means.
The basic building blocks of an understanding of gender from a biblical perspective are found in Genesis 1-3. Have we misunderstood these texts?
What do a godly man’s relationships look like? How does he respond to his wife and children, to vulnerable women and to women in leadership roles?
I am thrilled to announce that my good friends and retired pastors, Liz and Trevor Sykes, will be regular guest contributors to the God’s Design blog. Liz and Trevor have a passion for helping men and women to live as God intended, and to help them to develop sound and healthy relationships. In their retirement,… Continue reading An “Ah-Ha” Moment
I’ve found that the Old Testament is full of some amazing, strong women who defy stereotypes. But what about men? Did OT men fill only such roles as warrior, ruler, priest or family patriarch? Did they fit the stereotype of the “manly man,” who pleases God by his tough masculine leadership, or are there gentler… Continue reading Surprising Men of the Old Testament (Part 1)
Find post 1 in this series here, and post 2 here. Want to totally freak out a Christian woman with just three words? I’m sure you’re much too nice for that, but I’m going to tell you anyway. Here goes – “Proverbs 31 woman.” Yup. The seemingly indomitable superwoman of the final chapter of Proverbs… Continue reading Eshet Chayil (Part 3) – Rise Up and Call Her Blessed
“…this kind of quiet is the flip-side of the coin of courage.”
Recently, in the God’s Design course, we explored some of the incredible women of the Old Testament and how God used them in unexpected ways – women like Deborah (with a glance at Jael), Huldah and Abigail. We also took a close look at the Hebrew term eshet chayil. In most translations, we read “a wife of… Continue reading “Eshet Chayil” – Woman of Valour (Part 1)