A New Heart, Beyond Stereotypical Womanhood

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We first met, one January morning, during her office hours. Dr. Catherine Kroeger’s eyes sparkled when our discussion turned to women in the Bible. She spoke of them fondly as if they were close friends—Miriam, Deborah, Abigail and a host of others from the Old and New Testaments. She spoke warmly to me although she […]

Sweet Tea and Sympathy for Invisible Women

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By Melinda Jackson Lalrinthangi is invisible.  I meet her operating her makeshift vegetable stand in the golden rays of Northeast India’s morning sun. Cabbage, Bird’s Eye chilies, bitter gourds, okra. The sun has just risen over Mizoram state, illuminating the hillside city of Aizawl for a crisp, January day. My husband and I were just […]

Authentic Modesty: Compassion Over Shame

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Can I tell you something? It’s rather personal. I rage in the face of summer’s modesty conversations. I hate them. I never, ever respond to any of them posted on Facebook or the blogosphere, but whenever they pop up, I seethe with anger and mentally debate those mothers with their pleas to the peers of […]

When Value and Gender Intertwine

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“So that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’”- Galatians 4:5-6 The idea of being valued by God and adopted like a son, used to sound […]

Good News For Girls: Valentines + Selfies + Empathy Library

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Advocates! Maria Keller, 5th grader, reader, has distributed 1 million books to kids who lacked access to reading material. Xiao Meili walks across China to raise awareness of sexual violence. Yeliz Yuksel takes risks a lot to bring women’s hockey to a conservative town in northeast Turkey. Seeking to end the practice of FGM in […]