Damaged Goods? A Woman’s Worth

The abduction of Dinah, depicted by James Tissot “Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her and lay with her, and violated her”—Genesis 34:1-2 (NKJV). Since we live in a patriarchal and sexist society, a woman’s worth is oftentimes defined … [Read more...]

Holding on to Your Peace…Even During the Most Horrific Circumstances

An artist's rendition of Stephen's death and heavenly vision. The story of Stephen in the book of Acts has always been fascinating to me because during the most violent and tragic part of his life – the day of his death – Stephen is still able to maintain incomprehensible peace and a powerful vision of God. If you don’t know the story, Stephen is accused of blasphemy in Acts 6 and is brought … [Read more...]

Facing Uncertainty: Holy Week and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Jesus alone in the gardenArtwork by Nebiyu Assefa The season of Lent, Holy Week and Easter are the most holy days on the Christian calendar. However, the coronavirus pandemic took center stage and distracted many of us – and rightly so. Many of us have never faced a pandemic or the shut down everything. No work. No school. No dining out. No congregating, and no church. These are indeed … [Read more...]