Called By God, Compelled to Serve, Part 4: Jesus in the Four Canonical Gospels

One of the many fascinating aspects of the life of Jesus (as written in the four canonical gospels) is how many stories include women. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Uriah’s wife (Bathsheba) are included in Matthew’s version of the genealogy of Jesus. Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna are included in the story of Jesus’ early life. Mary […]

Called By God, Compelled to Serve, Part 3: 1 Corinthians 14. 27-35

1 Corinthians 12-14 addresses various aspects of church life, including the importance and value of every person in the church, spiritual gifts, acting and responding to others with love, and disturbances during the actual church services that cause confusion and discord within the church body. 1 Corinthians 14.27-35 infers that 1) multiple people were speaking […]

Called By God, Compelled to Serve, Part 2: 1 Timothy 2.8-15

“Called by God, Compelled to Serve” Part Two  Prayer, Learning, and Action—1 Timothy 2.8-15 1 Timothy 2.8-15 presents a compelling call for prayer, learning, and action. In this blog post, we’ll take a look these three aspects in order to help us understand what was going on in the Ephesian church at the time this […]

Called by God, Compelled to Serve, Part One: Genesis 3.16

Introduction to “Called by God, Compelled to Serve” The purpose of this blog series “Called by God, Compelled to Serve” is to answer the questions: Can women be called by God to serve in leadership positions in the church at large? If not, why not? If so, how should they respond? In these blog postings, […]


We just finished a Bible study on the Parables of Jesus at my local church last night, and I find myself reminiscing about times past. I’ve been involved in church ever since I can remember, but my high school years were a challenge. I remember coming to a point where I really wanted to learn […]


COMING SOON!!! Blog postings…That’s right…Blog postings. I am so very excited about this!!! Over the next several months, we’ll be discussing three different topics that have the potential to shift the way we think about and interact with God, other people, and the world around us…Take a look and see what’s coming! 1)            “The Generational […]

Should Women Teach Bible to Men?

Several people have sent me this article and have asked my opinion about it. In all honesty, I am saddened but not surprised. Ladies, as someone who has and continues to walk a challenging road in ministry (as an academic who teaches Bible classes at the university/college level, as a minister, and as an active […]

Was God Really “Silent” for 400 Years?

Well…the answer to that question depends on who you talk to. Most Protestants would probably say that yes, God was silent between the prophecy of Malachi 4.5-6 and the entrance of John the Baptist in the gospels. This 400-year timeframe is commonly called the “Intertestamental Period.” I respectfully disagree. Much of the literature written during […]

My Easter Prayer for You

Easter holds a very special place in the hearts of our little family…Stephan and I were apart for three Easters in a row (2008-10) due to his deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. On Easter of last year, I was still on crutches and couldn’t stand up or walk on my own…I couldn’t even pick up […]

The “Fall of Satan” Part one

One of my favorite things about studying the Second Temple Period (500 BCE-100 CE) is taking a look at how the authors of the NT interpreted the Jewish Scriptures/Old Testament for their communities. As promised, we’re going to take a look at the “fall/casting down of Satan” according to Scripture. We’ll take a look at […]