Q&A: Do Genesis 3 and Ephesians 5 make men spiritual leaders? (Part 1)

Q: Bronwen, I notice that twice in Genesis 3, God addresses Adam about the broken commandment, but doesn’t mention it to Eve. This seems to imply that God doesn’t hold her accountable as the leader, but instead holds Adam responsible as the spiritual leader. Looking forward, just as Eve was not trusted with the responsibility… Continue reading Q&A: Do Genesis 3 and Ephesians 5 make men spiritual leaders? (Part 1)

Why #ThingsChristianWomenShouldHear Matters

Earlier this week, Canadian author and speaker Sarah Bessey inadvertently started a Twitter phenomenon when she began a conversation with the hashtag, #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. The responses were horrifying, saddening, frustrating and sick-making. The discussion became a lament for the brokenness of the church and the impact this has on the lives of women.  If you’ve not… Continue reading Why #ThingsChristianWomenShouldHear Matters

Mary, Did You Know?

Parenthood is a (presumably lifelong) state of wishing and hoping, what-ifs and wondering. It starts with pregnancy. What if something goes wrong? Let’s not tell anyone until we reach the “magic” three month mark. What sex will my baby be? Will I be a good parent? How much is labour going to hurt? After the… Continue reading Mary, Did You Know?

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)

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

God’s Design Courses 2016

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