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Reta’s Reflections blog post “A Vineyard of Friendship—John 15:1-17″
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible Study Lesson 36
Dr. Finger discusses the organic relationship between a vine and its branches as an illustration of the new family Jesus came to create.


New ViewPoint – “In Search of Life-Giving Christian Symbols” by Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, PhD.
“The emphasis on the cross leads to the glorification of violence and death rather than the love and abundant life that Jesus taught.”


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How to Help a Victim of Domestic Violence
by Dr. Christy Sim
Dr. Christy Sim explains what to do if someone you know and love is a victim of domestic violence.


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All You Were Before (#ThinkOfAPoem)

Marg shares a short poem and and a photo for National Poetry Day (October 2, 2014).


Reta’s Reflections blog post “Questions and Misunderstandings—John 14:1-31″
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible Study Lesson 35
Dr. Reta Finger shows us the tenderness in Jesus’s  farewell address, as he describes his death as “going to prepare a place for you.”


Book Reviews

Book Review
She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World

By Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, PhD
A Review Essay by Letha Dawson Scanzoni


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“I Am in Recovery and I Am Blessed – #RecoveryMonth” 
Casey O’Leary reflects on what it means to be in recovery in this guest post. September is National Recovery Month in the US.


Reta’s Reflections blog post “Loyalty and Betrayal among Beloved Friends—John 13:18-38″
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible Study Lesson 34
Reta helps us ponder Judas’s motives in betraying Jesus and how this betrayal and shameful death ironically led to Jesus’s glorification.


Reta’s Reflections blog post “The Way Up Is Way Down—John 13:1-17″
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible Study Lesson 33
Reta explains why washing feet was so crucial in biblical times and what Jesus was teaching the disciples (and us) when he washed  their feet.


Book Reviews

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Mourner, Mother, Midwife:  Reimagining God’s Delivering Presence in the Old Testament
by L. Juliana M. Claassens
Reviewed by Peg Conway


Reta’s Reflections blog post “Gethsemane in a New Setting—John 12:20-50″
Studies in John’s Gospel—Bible Study Lesson 32
Reta shows how John’s Gospel places Jesus’s mental anguish over his coming death in a context different from that of the Synoptic Gospels.


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Feminist Faith-Based Social Justice: 
How feminists of faith can collaborate to amplify our voices and deepen our collective impact by Mary E. Hunt
A plenary presentation delivered at the EEWC-Christian Feminism Today 2014 Gathering on June 27, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.


Book Reviews

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The Feminist Reformation, Episcopal Style
A review essay by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott

The Story of the Philadelphia Eleven
by Darlene O’Dell
The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: The Writings of Suzanne Hiatt
edited by Carter Heyward and Janine Lehane
Looking Forward, Looking Backward: Forty Years of Women’s Ordination
edited by Frederica Harris Thompsett


New ViewPoint – “Girl Scout Barbie? Are you KIDDING me?” by Rev. Deb Vaughn.  Rev. Deb Vaughn can’t believe that the Girl Scouts sold out to Mattel and are letting them market a “Girl Scout Barbie.”


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“Shame: Five Letters”  Marg writes, “Shame tries to fill up all the space in my heart and mind. Shame finds God’s resting place and throws an obnoxious party. Shame looks for stillness and fills it with trembling and all the wrong words.”


New ViewPoint – It’s Time for Transnational Feminism by Anne Eggebroten.  Anne calls for feminists to adopt a transnational outlook in the face of violence targeting civilians in Gaza and across the globe.


Reta’s Reflections blog post “Political Street Theater—John 12:9-19″
Dr. Finger discusses the meanings of the impromptu parade that formed as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey amidst shouts of “Hosanna.”


Book Reviews

Book Review
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
by Reza Aslan
Reviewed by Dr. Reta Halteman Finger


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Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most
by Marcus Borg
Reviewed by Rev. Becky Kiser


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Hobby Lobby, Pluralism and Frustration
by Julia Stronks, J.D., Ph.D.
Professor Stronks explains the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and how it will open the door to more litigation for years to come.


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The Christian Feminism Today 2014 Gathering was held in St. Louis the last weekend in June.  Read a recap of the events by Anne Eggebroten and reflections from two first-time attendees, Ashley Cason and Abigail Pope.  Click here.


Reta’s Reflections blog post “Mary the Anointer—John 12:1-8″
Dr, Finger discusses the story of Jesus’s anointing by Mary of Bethany in John 12 and compares it to similar stories in other Gospel accounts.


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“In the Roar of the Storm” Marg describes the difficult emotional experience she finds herself having, and explains that God is not always present in the ways we have been taught, in the ways we expect.


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The Stories Clergywomen Tell: How Women are Challenging Sexism in the Church, Kendra Weddle Irons reviews two books about women clergy:  Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling: Equipping & Encouraging Female Pastors by Christine A. Smith; and Streams Run Uphill: Conversations with Young Clergywomen of Color by Mihee Kim-Kort.


Reta’s Reflections blog post “A Tomb with a View—John 11:38-57; 12:9-11″
Dr. Finger explains how the political drama surrounding Jesus’s raising of Lazarus pointed toward Jesus’s own death and resurrection.


Jennifer Newman

Jennifer Newman, a student at George Fox University is the the 2014 Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship Recipient!  Read more about Jennifer here.  Read more about the Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship here.


Reta’s Reflections blog post “A Household of Beloved Disciples—John 11:17-37″
Reta describes the closeness of Jesus’s friendship with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, and his human expression of grief over Lazarus’s death.


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Forgiving the Apology that Never Comes
by Diana J. Ensign, J.D.
Practical suggestions for those times when apologies are not forthcoming and forgiveness does not come easy.


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Is There Healing for the Church’s “Mother Wound”?
by Susan Cottrell
The evangelical church seems to suffers from a “Mother Wound,” in which task-focus  completely dominates, and relationship-focus has no room to grow.


Book Reviews

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The Trans-Evangelist: The Life and Times of a Transgender Pentecostal Preacher

by Sister Paula Nielsen
Reviewed by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott


Reta’s Reflections blog post “An (Un)Fortunate Illness? — John 11:1-16
Reta generously shares her gifts as a biblical scholar and communicator, relating the Bible to today’s issues.


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“A Tiny Little Girl and a Smiling Man (#Yes All Women)”  Marg Herder describes an incident that happened to her when she was very young and how she knew, even at five years old, some men were dangerous.


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Embodying the Sacred: A Spiritual Preparation for Birth

by Peg Conway
Reviewed by Greta Leinbach Kreider


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Removing My Inner Blockages to Love:
How A Course in Miracles Transformed My Life
by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott
Dr. Mollenkott describes the impact “A Course in Miracles” has had on her life, and asks readers to submit their questions.


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God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships

by Matthew Vines
Reviewed by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott


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Climate Change and Neighbor Love
by Genny Rowley
Loving our neighbor as ourselves can serve as a theological and practical guide for dealing with climate change.


New ViewPoint – Becoming Feminist: Conceiving and Creating by Karissa Knox Sorrell.  After a miscarriage, writer Karissa Knox Sorrell finds a new understanding of herself as a woman and creator.


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Gaia, Sallie McFague, and You Walk into a Bar. . . Christian Ecofeminist Theology Today
by Erica Lea
Celebrate Earth Day by learning more about Christian Ecofeminist Theology. “It is not enough to talk about creation care and preservation—or even enough to make meaningful changes, big and small, for positive creation stewardship. “


Book Reviews Index

Book Review
Blind Spots and New Vision: Virginia Mollenkott’s The Divine Feminine

Reviewed by JoMae Spoelhof


Music Reviews

Music Review
Carrie Newcomer’s “A Permeable Life”
Reviewed by Rev. Deb Vaughn
A great new CD by one of our favorite musicians!


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“Mom, I’m Gay”: Loving Your LGBTQ Child without Sacrificing Your Faith

by Susan Cottrell
Reviewed by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott


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The Invention of Wings: A Novel
by Sue Monk Kidd
Reviewed by Kenetha Stanton


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The Oriented to Love Dialog  Marg shares a week-long series of posts inspired by her participation in the Oriented to Love dialog, a program sponsored by Evangelicals for Social Action. Over the course of three days thirteen people with different opinions explored the issue of “sexual diversity and the church.”
Posts inspired by the Oriented to Love dialog:
Introduction to the Series
Of the Mystery and Miracles
Questions and Consequences
All these Words
What Am I Really Afraid Of?
The Huge Knot of Misunderstanding
The Unbelievable Bottom Line (on the Evangelicals for Social Action website)


New ViewPoint – “Why Doesn’t Church Work Anymore?”  Esther Emery does have an answer.  “I wonder, sometimes, if our disenchantment with flesh-and-blood church is simply a matter of having access to a profoundly effective and spiritually satisfying alternative.”  She’s talking about the Internet.


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Book Reviews
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

By Nadia Bolz-Weber
Reviewed by Susan Campbell

 


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Contraception, Religious Freedom, and the Supreme Court
Political science professor Julia Stronks explains the history, legal arguments, and principles behind the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case before the Supreme Court.


New ViewPoint – “Sex-Positive Marital Fidelity and the Feminine Face of God”  Ester Emery writes, “Where the problem is objectification of the female, restoration comes in knowing the divinity of the female. Where the problem is profanity and commodification of our sexual selves, restoration comes in knowing sex as a sacred union: a mystical union between two expressions of God’s presence in the world.”


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Ordered Order—Conservative Christians’ Love Affair with Hierarchy
by Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha discusses conservative Christians’ view of social order based on hierarchy, with assigned roles for husbands and wives.


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Book Reviews
Wounded by God’s People

by by Anne Graham Lotz
Reviewed by Kathy Vestal


Articles
When Christians Contemplate Suicide
by Cliff Williams
Philosophy professor Cliff Williams explains why some Christians have attempted suicide and how others could have helped them feel cared about.


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From Kingdom to Kin-dom—and Beyond
by Reta Halteman Finger
Learn about the origin and meaning of the term “kin-dom” and why some Christians use it instead of the word “kingdom.”


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There Is More than One Christian View on Homosexuality
by Letha Dawson Scanzoni
After the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA and Prop 8 it seemed there was only one Christian view presented in the media, one of intolerance.  Letha Dawson Scanzoni makes it clear that is certainly not the only Christian view.


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Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism
by David R. Swartz
Reviewed by Mark William Olson


New ViewPoint “God is Not a Guy, and Neither Am I!” by Jann-Aldredge Clanton  ViewPoint is a blog in which different writers express their personal perspectives on various topics of current interest. It’s a blog of many voices.


Old Treasures

Old Treasures Article – “The ‘She’ in My Pocket” An Old Treasure is one of our favorite articles from the print version of Christian Feminism Today which has been republished on the website.  Our latest Old Treasure feature is a 2009 article written by Marg Herder, “The ‘She’ in My Pocket.”


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My Path to Christian Feminism
by Gary L. Tandy
Professor Gary Tandy tells how experience, relationships, and Jesus’ example caused him to reject restrictive church teachings on women.

 

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