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Widows in the Bible: Joy Over Ashes

There’s a woman I know living by herself in a small house in Wisconsin, who has known great sorrow. Some twenty years ago, her former husband was flying a small plane. In that plane were her cherished loved ones: her

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God’s Person: The Witch of Endor

Imagine an old woman, in about the year 1007 BCE, living alone in the Jezreel Valley, with only a hillside burrow for a home. Some call her a witch. Others use the world medium; others a necromancer. King Saul has said

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Tamar: Brilliant, Scandalous, and Determined

Chances are you didn’t hear the story of Tamar (Genesis 38) in Sunday School or at summer camp. Boldness in the face of adversity is the name of the game for many women in the Bible, and Tamar is right

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The Woman in Proverbs 31: Yikes!

Okay. There’s a woman in the Bible that leaves me feeling a little, well unnerved. And she comes up in this Sunday’s lectionary (RCL, Year B, September 20). Described in Proverbs 31, she’s known as the “capable wife.” Unfortunately, we’re

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The Syrophoenician Woman: Debate Team Champion!

I’m on vacation this week. But I can’t help write about this Sunday’s Gospel, for it’s about a women who will not give up—even when she is turned away by the disciples, and when Jesus seems cold and rude. She loves

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The Shulammite Woman: Arise, My Love, and Come Away

Passionate. Sensual. Provocative. Eloquent. Erotic. It’s all there, in the Bible, in the beautiful collection of poems known as the Song of Solomon, otherwise known as the Song of Songs. In this Sunday’s lectionary reading (RCL), we hear the main

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7 Women-and-God Stories Coming Up!

The RCL (Revised Common Lectionary) stars line up in remarkable fashion for women in these next few month. LOTS of great stories about women and their relationship to God–which means, hopefully, some great possibilities for Sunday sermons. Here’s a quick

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The 7 Secrets of Bible Women

In third grade, I was put in a coat room at the back of the classroom for being troublesome. The coat room was not a bad place at all. It was actually a lovely place to while away an hour or

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Women in the Bible Do Not Shuffle Across Its Pages

What do we know about Bible women? Research conclusion #1: Bible women, especially those who speak, are surprisingly bold.  Traditionally, the view of Bible women has been they are subservient and passive—but that is like saying the earth is flat,

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Bible Women’s Words: Short and Sacred

Ever wonder how many words in the Bible are said by women? Several of us have just spent almost four years researching that very question…and here’s a basic summary of our findings, also documented in Bible Women: All Their Words

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