In the last several months I have continually run into preaching, writing, and blogging (none from my own denomination, mind you) about how being a good Christian woman means behaving and living within narrowly defined gender roles.
This type of theology really bothers me, especially because my faith and my understanding of the Bible has really lead me to believe that there is no one way of being or doing anything. The men and women whose lives we read about in the Bible were multi-faceted, interesting, and often quite counter-cultural. So, since part of my Lenten discipline includes daily, extended periods of reading Scripture, I have decided to take a look at some women in the Bible and see what they might teach me right now.
I have decided to write up a little bible study curriculum meant for groups. The purpose of the study is to take a look at some of the women in Jesus' family tree--from Tamar to Mary--and try to learn something from the stories told about them in the Bible. I have decided to make these Bible studies available here on my blog. They are free and available for use, so go ahead and download them and distribute to your heart's content. I am writing these studies as I go, so I can't say for sure when the next one will be available, but I will be sure to let you know. Enjoy!
The first study outline in the series is an introduction to the topic. It is pretty brief and should be a good place to start out for groups that don't already know each other very well. As the studies continue, they will include more content and more questions meant for spiritual growth. You can download Scandalous #1 right here: