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Eschet Chayil: resources for women preachers, why women need to see women preaching, Project Deborah, and more.

Eschet Chayil: resources for women preachers, why women need to see women preaching, Project Deborah, and more.

In Hebrew eschet chayil translates roughly as “woman of valor” and is found in the opening lines of Proverbs 31. It is a blessing that Jewish women have used to cheer one another on for hundreds of years. This blog series is about highlighting women of valor you should know, or work supporting women you should cheer on.    “Living Your Resurrectional Identity”  “How do we be truly human as men and women? We need to see each other…honor and…

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Sharing a story: Meeting God on The Mountain

Sharing a story: Meeting God on The Mountain

Doing something a little different today… Thanks for hanging out with me! I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment about what resonated with you in my story, or how you feel about me telling a story in this video format. And for fun, here is my friend Sasha’s blog. Pictures I promised…              

Eschet Chayil: women pastors are on the rise, disarming Paul, sharing stories bravely, and more.

Eschet Chayil: women pastors are on the rise, disarming Paul, sharing stories bravely, and more.

In Hebrew eschet chayil translates roughly as “woman of valor” and is found in the opening lines of Proverbs 31. It is a blessing that Jewish women have used to cheer one another on for hundreds of years. This blog series is about highlighting women of valor you should know, or work supporting women you should cheer on.    Study: Female Pastors Are on the Rise, and So Are Our Impossible Expectations For Them Such encouraging news! The Barna Group…

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The Future Is Female

The Future Is Female

  Have you heard about the women leading the resistance movement these past few months? The women who organized the largest protest march in history? The woman who refused to argue Trump’s travel ban in court and was fired for it? Or the woman who issued the stay from the bench? The woman who persisted when she was told to stop speaking? The women who broke from their party for the sake of our nation’s children? Or the women sitting on…

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Woman, you are loved and gifted and called

Woman, you are loved and gifted and called

It happens without fail. Every.Single.Time. When casual conversation with old friends or new acquaintances turns to the fact that I am going to seminary, the next question out of the other person’s mouth is always what are you wanting to do with your degree? As in, what are your post-graduation plans? Why are you spending all this money? What is the job you are hoping to go after? And every time I smile, slightly shrug my shoulders, and admit I…

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“Nobody Blames the Seas…” guest post by Stephanie Dickenson

“Nobody Blames the Seas…” guest post by Stephanie Dickenson

Nobody blames the seas for becoming rough and wild during high winds or stormy days, or thinks it inappropriate to see their waves swirling with murky sand. So why do I blame myself or presume I still should, could be smooth and serene? Much less clear and clean? Nobody looks at the messy roads waterlogged after heavy rains and covered in debris, thinking the roads are misbehaving or embarrassing themselves. And none are shocked and appalled when the trees give…

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Confession

Confession

  I confess my fear. I confess my lack of faith, in God and in my fellow human. I confess that I have turned up the noise and turned down the Spirit, intentionally fueling the rage. I confess my anger. I confess cursing under my breath and dreaming up twitter slams. I confess my judgement at perceived stupidity, outright hypocrisy, and deliberate misleading. I confess rolling my eyes and slamming my head so many times a day it might lead…

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