Woman, Sustainer Beside Him

Stephen Agnew Men & Women, Theology Leave a Comment

“And the LORD God said, “It is not good for the human to be alone, I shall make him a sustainer beside him.” I’ve always loved Robert Alter’s translation of “woman” in Genesis as being a “sustainer beside him”, a critical partner in the oneness of man and woman—one who sustains and actively intervenes for the other. A true partnership, not “help meet” as in other translations that seem to convey an indentured servitude for a woman. “sustainer beside him. The Hebrew ‘ezer kenegdo (King James Version “help meet”) is notoriously difficult to translate. The second term means “alongside him,” …

Equally Image-bearers of the Lord

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It’s a real blessing to have a manager that you not only connect deeply with on important things in life such as home schooling, natural birth, essential oils, and that culture all together but will just sit down and casually chat with you. And so what God did in my heart is to help me to love women simply because they are worthy of love, to enjoy their company and who they are. These last two years here I was always curious about his home school years, growing up crunchy, growing up in the natural birth community, and just his …

Women & Men—How Differently Our Books Are Bound

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I’ve been thinking here lately about how words impact women much deeper than they affect men (and had a great conversation with a couple of women friends about it), which really shed some light into an observation that I’ve had for a long time by just paying attention to my women friends and men friends who are fellow bibliophiles—reading/listening to books has a much different impact on women than it does to men. Words captivate women in ways that us men cannot fully experience. Stay with me, I’ll make sense soon enough. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A …

U.S. Supreme Court To Rule On Gay Marriage In June 2015

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Well folks, it’s finally come down to the wire!! On Thursday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld same sex marriage bans in 4 states, and the U.S. Supreme Court has said that it will hear arguments in April and release a decision in June. In the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case, cases from 14 states will be combined into one case for the ruling. I’m worried about Justice Kennedy though. Even though he has become more conservative in recent years, he’s still a wild card in general…but seemingly more liberal on gay marriage. I pray that …