In this series of talks for women, Tamie Davis brings together her passion for the Old Testament with her background in literature and her care for women in the Church. Tamie is a creative and engaging speaker, a wise teacher and a discerning reader of Scripture. As her husband, I’m biased — but I reckon you’ll find these encouraging!
The talks cover three early chapters from the Book of Deuteronomy, part of the ancient Bible story that should continue to shape our story as God’s people today.
Some of the issues that come up include: What does it actually look like to live for God every day? Why and how do we rest? How do we play our part in inspiring the next generation?
Download the audio from the Grace Conference website. Grace Conference runs each year in Adelaide, Australia.
Donna Downes has worked in both Kenya and Romania and her chapter in Frontline Women: Negotiating Crosscultural Issues in Ministry addresses the issue of how to negotiate one’s place as a woman in a culture where women have fewer freedoms.
It’s been a big couple of weeks for equality in militaries around the world. In the US, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ended (hurray!) and in Australia this week it was announced that women will now be able to serve alongside men in all frontline roles. Cue opinion columnists. Read more
According to Darrin Patrick, what’s missing in mission is men who will church plant. In Melbourne, the call has gone out to men to lead the charge. That’s not to say women are unimportant – Piper acknowledges that women have been faithful in mission all along, even as he argues that changing the world will require a mighty movement of men. But as you look at the history of missions, it’s the stories of Hudson Taylor, William Carey or David Livingstone that feature. It appears that it was men who changed the world; hence if the world is to be changed today, it is again, men, who are needed.
Lausanne has therefore done us a great favor this month with their series of articles on the contribution of women to missions. Leanne Dzubinski shows how two missionary women’s opposition of foot-binding led to unprecedented evangelism in China and changed Chinese social policy in one generation. Loun-Ling Tan highlights the many, varied and entrepreneurial contributions of non-western women. Audra Grace Shelby shares her own experiences among Yemeni women. Rachel Rajagopal helps us to see the significant ministry that happens out of the spotlight. These inspiring stories are well worth reading, digesting and incorporating into our understanding of how God has worked in his world in the past, praying that today he may continue to move in such a transformational way.
Her.meneutics has just done a series on ‘the gender debate’ in evangelical Christianity. Here’s the intro:
Submissive wife and president of the United States — an oxymoron, if you ask many journalists analyzing the faith of 2012 hopeful Michele Bachmann. …. Journalists have spent days analyzing her response, seemingly baffled that a modern woman could take the words of an ancient text so seriously. Read more
I came across The Scar Project over at The Hairpin. It’s a collection of photos of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. They’re pretty confronting to look at. It’s a devastating issue. Read more