Writing my own ending: the power of story to overcome shame

Tell me your story. It’s an invitation issued by God again and again in his encounters with individuals, particularly women, in scripture. When Adam and Eve confronted their shame in…

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Shame washed in unconditional love

Noise! Dust! Shouting! Pushing! And into the middle of the crowd a dishevelled woman is pushed, falling to the ground. And then it starts. The accusations. Adulteress! Shame! Whore! Fists…

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In the Land of Blue Burqas

Title: In the Land of Blue Burqas Author: Kate McCord Publisher: Moody Publishers, 2010 Reviewer: C. Hine Kate McCord, a ‘protective pseudonym’, spent five years working in Afghanistan. In this…

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Inviting her to speak

I had missed this in Hagar’s story: God’s invitation to Hagar to speak. The angel finds her by a spring in the desert and asks her ‘Hagar, slave of Sarai,…

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