April 8, 2016

The Woman Who Built a Soulmaking Room

By Upper Room Books
The Soulmaking Room

The Soulmaking Room by Dee Dee Risher

By Dee Dee Risher

This article was originally posted at and is used by permission.

The Bible comes to us out of a patriarchal culture. At the same time, I believe firmly that the hand of the Spirit of God shaped what was recorded, however troubling or puzzling; however, these recordings may reflect the dynamics of oppression in this world rather than the creative liberation I feel is core to the reign of God. I hold these two realities in tension.

Because of this conviction, I pay constant attention to the stories of women who do break into scripture. Most of them are, predictably, relegated to the margins. They can appear sidekicks to the “real” stories of the (male) prophets, kings, patriarchs, warriors, and holy men. Yet hidden precisely within these “narratives of the margins” are the rankling questions that upset the power structures and interrogate our assumptions about God. … read

August 31, 2015

To Help and to Accept Help

By Elaine Eberhart

Blog-Meme-8-31-2015_HelpRead Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

He stood outside the donut shop of my building at the university, wanting a dollar or a cup of coffee. His name was William, and we talked each morning before I left to deal with e-mail, calendars, and meetings. He would be absent for days at a time and upon his return would tell me that he had been sick. … read

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