Since the dawn of the feminist movement the church has often been marked as a breeding ground for misogyny and sexism. Certainly, there are occasions where the church has invited this judgment and may indeed be deserving of these accusations. However, if the church were truly obedient to God’s Word there would be no warrant for this kind of indictment.
God said it was not good that man be alone and so He created women. Proverbs says that a woman who fears the Lord is far more precious than jewels and that the heart of her husband should trust her. Scripture commands children to listen to their mother’s teaching. God created women, loves women, and has blessed humankind with women. There is no one more pro-women than the God who created and celebrates them. He chose to send His Son into the world through a gentle, faithful, and brave woman.
I have never been more amazed at God’s gift of women as I was watching my wife Rachel become a mother. After the announcement of her pregnancy I was elated and ready to begin this journey to parenthood. I wanted to help and bless this child I hadn’t even met, but I found that difficult to do as the baby was in the womb. As much as I could be supportive and care for my wife, only Rachel could nourish and care for the baby directly.
Even through the process of labor I found myself in a position of helplessness. As I watched my wife endure the pains of childbirth, all I could do was encourage and support her. I thought that after little Tatum was born I would be able to really help then, but again, I was amazed at how little I could do. I couldn’t even feed this child I loved. In the weeks that have followed I am learning how I can be of more help, but I stand amazed at God’s design for women to raise, birth, and then care for children in such a remarkable way.
We know that God is our Father, and we should call Him that. Nevertheless, in a lot of ways He is also like the mothers who bear His image. Like a mother, He nurtures us in a way no one else can, through His living and abiding Word. Like a mother, He comforts and cares for us in a way no one else can. The psalmist writes, “He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”
As Mother’s Day approaches I want to consider how I can honor not just mothers, but women in general. Women are a gift from God and I am forever grateful for the women God has placed in my life. I am undeserving of a wife that faithfully loves and supports me, a mother that nurtured and cared for me, sisters in Christ who point me to Jesus, and now a little daughter who fills my heart with joy! Let us praise God together for the gift of women!
Samuel Johnson was born on September 18, 1709, and was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.
How Can We Pursue A Long Repentance In The Same Direction?
This last Sunday, in Calvary’s morning gathering, we studied the book of Haggai together as part of God’s Whole Story. Together we heard God speak through his prophet to his people after the exile, challenging them to remain faithful and to rebuild the temple.
The book of Haggai is the second shortest book in the Old Testament. It has 4 oracles (think: sermons), 2 chapters, and about 1,100 words.
In the book of Jeremiah we read of God’s intention for Daniel and all of those with him who have been exiled from the land of promise.
We are in a sermon series called The Whole Story, so named because we started off with the assumption, and belief really, that the whole Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus. Each and every book is a bit like a chapter that contributes to the overall story that God is telling.
We Are Calvary
To say that we live in times of rapid change may be the very height of understatement. Our culture, and its norms, is changing at an unprecedented rate, making it increasingly challenging for the church to remain relevant—and faithful—in proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God, in a way that will bring about the expansion of that kingdom.
This past Sunday we (finally) made it out of the weighty, dark, somber, and serious writings of the Prophets of the Exile, and stepped into the Return from Exile of the people of God. Our first look into this aspect of the redemptive drama comes via three courageous servants of Yahweh—Zerrubabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah. There story is found in the book of Ezra-Nehemiah (although our English Bibles separate them, through the centuries the Jewish people have always treated them as one book; so we will too.)
Especially When You Don't Feel Like It
Sunday is just about my favorite day of the week (“just about”…because my day off each week, our family’s Sabbath Saturday, is a tie or really close second). I love getting up that morning, making my smoothie, sitting in my favorite chair in our fireplace room, and pulling my Bible onto my lap. I relish the time spent listening to my Father speak, and I delight in those moments spent talking with him about the morning’s ministry, the people in our gathering that I hope he will transform, as well as the eleven other pastors (and their congregations) on whom I pray his blessing every Sunday.