SSB Sunday Gathering – December 10, 2017

Spiritual Sounding Board – This is your place to gather and share in an open format.

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-by Kathi

Today is the second Sunday of Advent. Advent season is meant to be a time of celebration; celebrating the birth of Christ and the anticipation of his return. May this Advent season bring peace, love, and joy to you.

Scripture for the next four Sundays is taken from the Book of Common Prayer, Readings for Year 2. If you are interested, a daily reading devotional may be found here. Continue reading

SSB Sunday Gathering – December 3, 2017

Spiritual Sounding Board – This is your place to gather and share in an open format.

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-by Kathi

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent season is meant to be a time of celebration; celebrating the birth of Christ and the anticipation of his return. May this Advent season bring peace, love, and joy to you.

Scripture for the next four Sundays is taken from the Book of Common Prayer, Readings for Year 2. If you are interested, a daily reading devotional may be found here. Continue reading

SSB Sunday Gathering – November 26, 2017

Spiritual Sounding Board – This is your place to gather and share in an open format.

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-by Kathi

Discussion: The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight

From Chapter 12 – What Did Women Do in the Old Testament?: Women in Church Ministries 2

What we learn from Genesis 1-2, then, is that God originally made Adam and Eve as mutuals, that the fall distorted that relationship, and that the story of the Bible’s plot leads us to see redemption in Christ as new creation. Both Jesus and Paul see in Genesis 1-2 the original design for what Christ’s redemption brings to men and women in this world. If there is any place in the world where this mutuality should be restored, it should be in the church. Ironically, it can be the least redemptive place of the week!

Reading the Bible as a story means we must start at the beginning. Genesis 1-3 accounts for the creation of mankind and the fall of mankind. Complementarians tend to use this account to confirm that women must be in submission to men due to the curse placed upon woman. Submission became a permanent model for relationships in home and church.

From an egalitarian perspective, mutuality was destroyed, however, it has been restored through Christ. The brokenness between men and women and the beginning of the story has been restored toward the end of the story.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

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SSB Sunday Gathering – November 19, 2017

Spiritual Sounding Board – This is your place to gather and share in an open format.

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-by Kathi

Discussion: The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight

From Chapter 12 – What Did Women Do in the Old Testament?: Women in Church Ministries 2

What did women do in the Bible? If we want to be biblical, this question needs to be asked and answered. Until it is, we will not be biblical. I believe reading the Bible through tradition has prevented us from asking the question, let along answering it.

I’m leaving this short and sweet on purpose today. What did women in the Old Testament do? What stories of women in the Old Testament stand out to you? Continue reading

SSB Sunday Gathering – November 12, 2017

Spiritual Sounding Board – This is your place to gather and share in an open format.

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-by Kathi

Discussion: The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight

From Chapter 11 – The Bible and Women: Women in Church Ministries 1

McKnight continues Chapter 11 discussing that women in ancient Jewish culture were viewed as inferior. There were the stand alone women, such as Esther and Deborah, however, this was the general view.

This view then transitioned into the early church. Continue reading