Thursday, February 22, 2007


I don't do a lot of communicating from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. But I've done enough to realize that some sermons are a lot tougher than others. Wow. This Battle of the Sexes series is one of the hardest sermons I've prepared for, and I'm sure it will be one of the hardest to deliver.

How to be a man of God. How to be a woman of God. Such an important topic, but it's so difficult. It's difficult for a number of different reasons: so much static from the world and the church about what it means to be a man or a woman, so much sensitivity and tension in the topic, so many wounds that people have experienced. There's the tough reality that, no matter what is said, it runs the risk of being misunderstood or misinterpreted by the listener.

Biblically speaking, femininity reveals itself in many different ways. Who should be our role model? There’s Deborah- the warrior and political leader who saves her people. There’s Huldah—the prophetess that gave spiritual direction to King Josiah and the nation of Judah and led them to revival. There’s Ruth—who was known for her faithfulness, loyalty, and ability to win a man through seduction. There’s Esther—who was the most beautiful woman in the kingdom and whose inner strength matched her outward beauty to save a nation. There’s Hannah—who shows us how to deal with depression and how to be a good mother. There’s Mary of the Mary/Martha duo—who teaches us what it means to be at rest in the presence of Jesus. And then there’s that famous Proverbs 31 woman—how many women are tired of living in that shadow?

Right now, it looks like I'm going to do a contrast/comparison of Eve and Mary the mother of Jesus. We don't talk about Mary much in the Protestant church, perhaps as a reaction to the quasi-deification of Mary in the Catholic church. But if we want to hold someone up as the prototypical woman of God, then it might make sense to start with the woman through whom God chose to send his son.


At 3:40 PM, Blogger Elaine said...

I love the idea of comparing Mary and Eve! Will your sermon be available for downloading?

At 2:13 PM, Blogger KendiT said...

That's awesome. I'm really looking forward to it. I have to say this though, I'm not a girlly girl by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe it’s because of that, but I don't find the Proverbs 31 woman intimidating as a looming shadow so much as encouraging that a woman can have varied interests, make practical decisions, and be strong with focus and in action, and still be considered beautiful. She was the first feminist buying fields, managing workers, investing profits, and still was respected as a woman as opposed to being respected as one of the guys. That’s just awesome

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Heather Z said...

Elaine- yes, an audio and video version of the video should be available next week at You can also get it form the theaterchurch podcast on iTunes.

Kendi- yeah, I totally agree with you! I think the Proverbs 31 woman is a great example for us-- she was family-focused, had a career (multiple careers, actually), had a wide variety of interests.


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