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Ecclesiology and Womanhood by Rebecca VanDoodewaard

The following article is a guest post by Rebecca VanDoodewaard, author of Uprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians, Your Future ‘Other Half’: It Matters Whom You Marry, and Reformation Women: Sixteenth-Century Figures Who Shaped Christianity’s Rebirth. 


I love your Kingdom, Lord! The house of your abode; the Church our blest Redeemer saved with his own precious blood! For her my tears shall fall; for her my prayers ascend; for her my cares and toils be given ‘till toils and cares shall end.

Our culture tells women that we are to pursue our dreams, our goals, our careers. In the church, that’s more sanctified: we pursue our ministries, our spiritual vision, our goals.

But Scripture tells us something else. Individualism is antithetical to Christian living. And in the many discussions about biblical womanhood, I think that one essential principle is missing: Christian women are to be devoted to the Body of Christ. Because Jesus loved the Church and was willing to die for her, Christlikeness means a similar, sacrificial commitment to the church visible, particularly the local expression of which we are a part. Jesus was incarnated, lived a perfect life, paid the full penalty of sin, and died in service to the church. […]

Strong Women

On the refrigerator in the kitchen at Sycamore, a magnet once held a card given to us by a former member.  On the front was a picture of some middle-aged men dressed in outdated clothing such as plaid pants sitting in a circle of lawn chairs talking in a backyard.  The front said, “While the men were outside solving the world’s problems, the women were inside doing the dishes.”  Then when you opened the card, the inside read, “As usual, the women got more done.”   This good-natured card was given to reflect a common occurrence at Sycamore (and I imagine many other congregations).  It’s one of my favorite times of the week, when the men sit around one of the tables in the Fellowship Hall after the service eating and talking about theology and the issues of life.   And, yes, the women have supplied the food and the young ladies are often doing the dishes while we do this, but I digress…