God Chooses the Most Unlikely People

The word Hebrew is understood to mean, “one from the other side (of the river).” That is certainly true of Abram. God made him a promise with one condition, obedience, and Abram walked away from everything he knew, from comfort and security, into Canaan to follow God’s plan. Biblical scholars use the term Hebrews to… Read More

Kathie’s Ephesus Dig: Ephesians 5:21-33

LOVING, SPIRIT-GUIDED RELATIONSHIPS As a teenager in the 1960s, the thought of “submitting” to a husband ruffled my feathers. Wasn’t I a person in my own right? Don’t I have a mind of my own? Why should I have to ask his permission? I was stuck on the word “submit” as it was understood in… Read More

Bible Dig into Ephesus: Ephesians 5:21-33

Against long-standing cultural standards, God calls for husbands, wives, and families to live according to our roles as God has designed them. This takes yielding and submissive spirits–loving, supporting, and growing and developing together, just a a physical body grows together. Read Ephesians 5:21-33, out loud if possible, in The Message. 21 Out of respect… Read More

Me? Submit? (Col. 3:20-21)

Submission is not something we in America do well. I can’t speak for those in other countries, because I don’t have enough experience in and of your cultures. But individual rights and privileges—something I believe in and support—can lead us to think only of ourselves and what we deserve and have rights to.  Individualistic thinking—what’s… Read More

Would Romeo and Juliet’s love have lasted long term?

Would their passion have survived the humdrum of a lifetime of petty disagreements? We’re celebrating our 44th wedding anniversary this month. My husband’s favorite comment is, “30 of the best years of my life.” And that’s when we’re having a good day. The fact that we can joke about it is a good thing. When someone asked… Read More

Submit? You’ve got to be kidding!

As a young independent woman raised in the United States, I had some negative reactions to Paul’s words in Ephesians 5: “…you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.” Ephesians 5:24b Submission was not something I was looking for. “Submit? In Everything? You’ve got to be kidding!” Still, I believed then, as I do… Read More