Surprising Men of the Old Testament (Part 1)

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)

Eshet Chayil (Part 4) – When Courage Becomes Personal

This is the last in a series of posts on the Hebrew phrase eshet chayil. Find post 1 in this series here, post 2 here and post 3 here. Sometimes, it’s personal. It really is. Recognising that Christian women must have courage at least equal to that of men touches very deeply on my own personal… Continue reading Eshet Chayil (Part 4) – When Courage Becomes Personal

Restoring Mary Magdalene

Ahhh…ignorance. Some people clearly find it blissful, or the Da Vinci Code would never have been a best-seller. You may have noticed in recent years, that if any matter related to Christianity is “interesting” enough to make it into the popular media, it is almost certainly based on a solid dose of ignorance wrapped up… Continue reading Restoring Mary Magdalene

Eshet Chayil (Part 3) – Rise Up and Call Her Blessed

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

Come, Thirsty One, to the Oasis

What a clichéd image it is – the parched and sun-burnt man (possibly in a beige French Foreign Legion uniform), crawling across the unforgiving desert, croaking, “Water. Waaaa-terrr…” Suddenly, there appears an image of palm trees and life-giving water and the light of hope appears in his eyes…but all too soon, the image shimmers and… Continue reading Come, Thirsty One, to the Oasis