Archive for the ‘Women Welcome Here’ Category

One Mom’s Identity Crisis

August 13, 2012

This week, I am proud to share with you some thoughts from my dear friend Lisa Lee. Lisa lives in Lynchburg with her husband Rick and their two lovely teenage daughters Ruby and Genny. 

Lisa is talented and lovely, inside and out. In the decade or so that we have been friends, I have known her as a woman who seeks to follow Jesus and be a godly wife and mother. 

In the service of other Christian women who may be sharing a common struggle, Lisa has agreed to be open and honest with my readers about her experience. Read it with compassion, and then consider my comments at the end.  (Read More)

“I Have Seen the Lord”

April 7, 2012

Today is Saturday, the day before Easter, and I’m wondering what Saturday was like for the women disciples of Jesus two thousand years ago who had just experienced the unthinkable.

Sunday's coming

Their Lord, this amazing teacher whom they believed was the Messiah (Christ), the Son of God, the Hope of Israel—this man who had healed them, taught them, forgiven them, accepted them, who had treated them as valuable members of his ministry, who had inspired their love and devotion—had been arrested, tried, and sentenced to the cross. Everything they understood about him, all the things they had hoped for because of him, now made no sense. He was gone. How could this have happened?

The Gospel of Luke simply tells us that these women “rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment” (Luke 23:56). I bet you can imagine how miserable that Saturday was for them.

The female disciples of Jesus had been deeply affected by the crucifixion of Jesus. Mary Magdalene, Mary the wife of Clopas, Salome, the mother of James and John, Mary the mother of Jesus and her sister were all there. The Gospel of Matthew tells that many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee were there with him in Jerusalem that fateful Friday (Matthew 26:55), and they followed him every step of the way:

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All the Single Ladies

March 17, 2012

Despite all our best efforts, the number of single adults  in the U.S.  now nearly equals the number of married adults. Just under half of those single people are women.

Women today are single for a variety of reasons. Some are completing their education and getting established in a career before getting married. Some are taking advantage of their freedom to engage in ministry and mission work. The average age of first marriage is closing in on 30, although women are not necessarily waiting that long to co-habitate. This twenty-something group also, of course, includes women who would like to be married but are waiting to find the elusive “Mr. Right.” Not to be disregarded are those women who are uninterested in ever being married, some of whom commendably choose to devote their lives to the service of God and his people.  (Read More)

Guest Blog: A Lesson from Peter’s Wife

January 12, 2012

I’m delighted today to introduce you to Sharon Hodde Miller, author of the blog She Worships. Sharon is working on her PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She’s a deep thinker who knows not only the Bible and church history but the contemporary relevance of it all. I liked her post from last August on Peter’s wife so much that I invited her to adapt it and repost it here for you to read. What I love most is her confidence in the strength of Christian women – strength that has its source in the power of God.


Did you know that Peter was married?

I’m sure I learned this fun fact at some point in my life, but I had forgotten about it until recently when my pastor mentioned it. Part of the reason Peter’s wife doesn’t enjoy much remembrance because she doesn’t appear directly in Scripture. In fact, the only biblical reference to Peter’s marital status comes from Matthew 8:14– 

When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law
lying in bed with a fever.

Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, by the way, and it is probably because of miracles like this one that Peter’s wife became quite the committed disciple herself. We know this from an account written by Eusebius, a Roman historian born in the late 4th century who documented the growth of the early church. 

According to Eusebius, Peter’s wife was martyred the same day that Peter was famou (Read More)