The Gospel-Centered Woman is Wendy Alsup’s third book (first, second) and a return to practical theology. How does theology get behind the polite smiles and Conservative Christian Values to hurt, brokenness and depravity? Wendy’s contention is that it is the gospel alone that equips us to bridge this gap. The truths of the gospel are a comfort to men as well but ‘there is also a particular balm to women that meets us in the woundings tied specifically to our gender.’ Read more
Posts tagged ‘grace’
One of the reasons I loved reading The Red Tent was to imagine the woman behind what is a brusque biblical narrative. The women of the Bible are intriguing, so often mentioned as footnotes in a broader narrative.
Some might say that’s because the story is patriarchal, that we’re missing the matriarchal or even gender-balanced story. But it’s not only women’s stories that are missing. What was Jacob’s reaction to the birth of his children, for example? He doesn’t get much of a look-in between his marriage and when he leaves Laban. It appears not to matter to whatever the point of this story is. And for all the casting of these stories as patriarchal, yet, Dinah’s story is included. So why? What does this story teach us? Read more
When I reviewed
Rid of My Disgrace, I mentioned that it genuinely confronts the question of where God is in sexual assault. This is different from the question of how God might work his purposes out despite or through it. It is instead the grieved cry of asking where God was in the very moment of disgrace; why he was silent to the agonized prayer, ‘Help me God! Rescue me God!’ Read more
In 2 Samuel 13, Tamar, violated, shamed, manipulated, de-humanised, debilitated, grieved, isolated and humiliated by an act of sexual violence asks, “Where could I get rid of my disgrace?” The question appears to be unanswered.
Rid of My Disgrace, Justin and Lindsey Holcomb, who work with sexual assault victims through Mars Hill Church, Seattle, ask how the gospel of Jesus Christ answers Tamar’s question, one which is startlingly common to many in the church today as well. Read more