David tells Solomon, “Be strong and be a man.” Is strength a particularly masculine quality? Does one need to be strong to be a man?
A mother bravely faces an inner conflict as she prepares for her daughter’s wedding. What does the struggle reveal?
The Apostle Paul helps us read the Genesis 2 story to learn masculinity and femininity. One was “made from” the other, the second great asymmetry of gender.
Singles seeking a spouse by Soul Mate thinking sink. It is only a shadow of the Bible’s better way to date, via the deeper asymmetry of origin.
John’s vision of Christmas in Ch. 12 of Revelation gives us how history unfolds, through the archetypes of gender.
I recently spoke with a woman who was bemoaning how men and women do not equally share child care. I remember worrying about that when I was in my twenties.
When we dig into the Bible book, The Song of Songs, we find a lot of gender distinction in the urgings of the Shulammite Bride. In its pages she presents to us a vision of the ideal love, which can help us in our marriages. These practical principles of gender are very similar to those outlined by the Apostle Paul.
This Christmas, ask yourself this: Why a woman and not a man? Why not have Christ come through a man with the wonder of it being that it was done without a woman? I mean, so long as God is doing a miracle, he could certainly have done it the other way.
Christ is the Paragon of Femininity
“Wait, what!?” you exclaim. “That doesn’t sound right. We know that Jesus Christ was incarnate as a man, not a woman, so how can He show us femininity?” Well, you are thinking about gender in isolation again, but the Bible teaches us differently…
In relationship to His Church, Jesus Christ demonstrates the archetype of masculinity in its pure form. (In another context, Christ shows us where femininity came from also.) The apostle Paul calls forth the excellency of Christ becoming our husband in 1Corinthians 11:2-3, while Ephesians 5:22-33 explains it more fully, two examples among others. So if you want to see a …