rom her several decades of experience in women’s ministries and in seminary classrooms, Alice Mathews has gained an appreciation for the gifts godly women offer the church. In Gender Roles and the People of God: Rethinking What We Were Taught about Men and Women in the Church, the former professor and academic dean at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (and longtime cohost of the radio program Discover the Word) calls on church leaders to welcome women into leadership roles....
1 ¾ cups self-rising cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup seeded and chopped jalapeno peppers
1 and ½ cups whole milk
¾ cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
I’ve preheated our oven to 400 degrees and prepared my muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Now I’m going to take a large bowl and combine one and ¾ cup cornmeal with a cup of flour, a fourth cup of sugar and a fourth cup of seeded and chopped jalapeno peppers.
In a separate bowl, we’ll...
Depression and anxiety tend to be some of those touchy subjects that are tough to tackle from a Christian perspective.
It’s not complicated just because the illnesses themselves are so complex, manifesting themselves in myriad ways, but also because perspectives about mental disorders vary greatly throughout the Church.
This isn’t to paint the Church with broad strokes. Incorrect beliefs about mental illness are pervasive throughout our culture. However, some of the “church-y”...
The man in front of me is almost dead. His lips are blue. He isn’t breathing. His eyes are half open and still. His arms fall limply off the stretcher, and he doesn’t flinch as needles are threaded into his veins and his clothes are stripped away. His wife is wailing in the doorway.
His pulse—a barely palpable flutter beneath my fingertips—is the only indication that something might be done. We have only a few seconds to act before the faint, fast rhythm slips away entirely and he is...
Tell us a little about your newest book, All She Left Behind.
It’s a book I’ve been thinking about for twenty years. Jennie is so little known, in part because her husband was so prominent, but she made a difference in her own right. She wanted to be a doctor but it was a long journey of overcoming challenges before she hung out her shingle, working with women and children.
Why did you decide to write about the life of Jennie Pickett?
When I learned that she was one of the...
2 cans of crescent rolls
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
2 (8 ounce) packages softened cream cheese
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts
We’ll begin by rolling out one can of crescent rolls on a cookie sheet. Then we’ll combine one teaspoon of vanilla, a cup of sugar and two egg yolks with two 8 ounce packages of cream cheese.
We’ll spoon this filling over the crescent roll dough and then layer a second sheet of crescent rolls over the filling, making sure to...
Humility is hard.
Maybe the single most difficult thing Christ expects of us followers. That’s never been more true than it is now. Pride flourishes these days. We dress it up like it’s an indispensable accessory to a successful life in the internet age. Ambition, we call it. Or taking a stand. Or perhaps self-defense.
Call it whatever, humility is in short supply. We’re walloping the world around us with pride-laced speech and action, often at the behest of our most influential leaders....
What are the questions you should ask every time you read the Bible so that you can understand what you’re reading and apply the Scripture passage’s lessons to your everyday life?
Bible Gateway interviewed Matthew S. Harmon (@DocHarmon) about his book, Asking the Right Questions: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible (Crossway, 2017).
Why is reading the Bible—something so important to the Christian life—so hard sometimes?
Matthew S. Harmon: I think there...
This weekend, hundreds of Alt-Right white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Va., to hold a “Unite the Right”. Their stated goal was to protest the removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a park. Their rally, which consisted of neo-Nazis, heavily-armed militia members and KKK members, also consisted of openly racist chants, Nazi flags and calls for white supremacy.
One counter protestor was killed and more than a dozen others injured when one of the white supremacists...
Title of your most recent book: These Healing Hills
Who is the book primarily for? Readers who enjoy historical stories with some romance thrown in.
What do you love to write and what inspired you to start?
I love to write all kinds of stories. I like coming up with characters who feel like family and then dropping them down into situations. Sometimes those are actual historical events and sometimes merely personal challenges in their lives. I’ve even written a few mysteries. I began...
Adoption stands incomplete until that moment when your child adopts you back. He calls you Mom not because it’s your name, but because he’s naming who you’ve become to him. When she’s with you, whether you’re crossing a street hand in hand or she’s jumping into your arms in the pool, her trust is evident.
Relational reciprocity is more than a mere exchange or the returning of a favor. Philosophers talk about reciprocal altruism, where you give what you expect another to give you...
When Trevin Wax was preparing to graduate from his doctoral program, he still wasn’t quite sure how to sum up his next step. As part of its #iamgoingmarketing campaign, Southeastern Seminary had provided Wax and his fellow graduates with circular signs containing big, capital letters that read “I AM GOING TO” followed by a long blank space—an invitation to share their post-graduation plans with the world.
He watched as the other members of his cohort took Sharpies in hand...