The Power of a Personal God

Sharon Apologetics, Evangelism 4 Comments

This past week I’ve been listening to an excellent sermon series by Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church in Atlanta. The series is entitled “It’s Personal,” and in it he makes the case for why people should become Christians. In typical Andy Stanley fashion, he approaches the topic from a completely fresh perspective, and I want to share one …

All Glamour, No Substance

Sharon Beauty, Body Image, Marriage, Self-esteem 4 Comments

There is a Psalm that captures my imagination every time I read it. It’s Psalm 115, and in verses 4-8 we read about the consequences of looking to idols instead of God: “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes but do not see. They have ears but do …

Women’s Ministry: Form v. Content

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This past semester I had the privilege of co-teaching a women’s Bible study with someone whose teaching style is very different from mine. Whereas my style is more systematic, going through each passage verse by verse, hers was more organic, weaving Scripture into stories and personal testimonies from her own life. As Providence would have it, the combination of our …

More on Female Deacons

Sharon Church 8 Comments

About a year ago I wrote a blog entitled “Should Women Be Deacons?” in which I highlighted Tim Keller’s endorsement of women holding the office of deacon. This week I ran across a second endorsement by Wendy Alsup that I wanted to repost here. In particular, I appreciate Wendy’s warning against saying “no” to that which God has said “yes.” We often …

The “Highlight Reel”

Sharon Marriage, Purity, Singleness 8 Comments

Recently I’ve been doing some investigative research into the male mind. What I’ve learned has important implications for my single readers, but it impacts married people as well. It all began a few months ago when I saw a movie with my husband in which a number of married men were discussing whether the “highlight reel” constituted cheating. I honestly …

Understanding Male Headship

Sharon Marriage, Spiritual leadership, Submission 8 Comments

After my last post I received a comment that I really want to respond to because it raised an excellent question: How does female leadership relate to submission in Christian marriage? The commenter also wondered if our constructs of marriage are at all culturally based. These are truly important questions, and the answer to the second one is both a …

The Wisdom of Submission

Sharon Marriage, Submission, Wisdom 4 Comments

Last week my husband’s small group discussed Ephesians 5 and they had a fascinating discussion about submission that I want to share with you today. The whole conversation began after reading verse 22–Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord–after which one of the group members asked the following insightful question: “Is there ever a circumstance in which a …