Video Shorts #8: How does the gospel reclaim Eve? Junia's story

 We've made quite a journey together.  In the last eight weeks, we've discovered how the gospel reclaimed seven New Testament womenMary Magdalene, then Mary of BethanyThe Samaritan Woman,  The Unclean WomanPriscillaPhoebe and Lydia.

Last stop: Junia. The most controversial figure of all. In just one verse—Romans 16:7—we discovered that she served with the apostle Paul and that she was noted or outstanding among the apostles. What you may not know is that she was written out of the biblical record for a period of time, only to finally be restored to her rightful place:

Reclaiming Eve Video Shorts: Junia's story from Suzanne Burden on Vimeo.

These videos are made possible through the good work of videographer Ryan Schnurr. These two-minute video shorts work for individual viewing or for discussion in small groups, and they provide encouragement for girls and women about their identity and calling in the kingdom of God. Enjoy! And for the sake of setting God's daughters free, let's share these with our friends. See the share buttons below, and view all eight on the vimeo.com/reclaimingeve channel.

Also: please consider downloading this delightful, but short ebook Junia Is Not Alone by Scot McKnight for $2.99.

Your turn: What surprises you about Junia's story? What gives you hope?

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Video Shorts #7: How does the gospel reclaim Eve? Lydia's story

It's a great story.  In Acts 16:9-10: "During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.' After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them."

What I find humorous about this is that as Paul made his way to Europe, he landed by the river in Macedonia with a bunch of women (not men), Lydia included. I like to think this unlikely set of events is a mark of The Way, an example of how Jesus changed things: women started the church in Philippi and Lydia becomes the first European convert. And Paul will eventually write to these women in Philippians—"because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now" (Phil. 1:5) A blessed alliance, indeed.

 

First, there was Mary Magdalene's story. Then Mary of BethanyThe Samaritan Woman,  The Unclean WomanPriscilla and Phoebe.

These videos are made possible through the good work of videographer Ryan Schnurr. These two-minute video shorts work for individual viewing or for discussion in small groups, and they provide encouragement for girls and women about their identity and calling in the kingdom of God. Enjoy! And for the sake of setting God's daughters free, let's share these with our friends. See the share buttons below, and don't forget to sign up to receive the blog via email in the right column so you don't miss even one.

Next week: Junia's story

Your turn: What hope might Lydia's story bring to women in the Kingdom of God?

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Video Shorts #6: How does the gospel reclaim Eve? Phoebe's story

Am I the only one who is still shocked by Paul's gracious and empowering treatment of the women in his path? I commend to you our sister Phoebe, wrote Paul (Romans 16:1). Paul's old life: Judaizer and Pharisee who relegated women behind the wall in the temple to their appropriate place. Paul's new life: Upended by the gospel, he joins with his sisters as a coworshipper of Christ and a coworker—even commending and sending women like Phoebe as leaders for the sake of the Kingdom.

Enjoy Phoebe's story—and don't forget to pass it on. Let's spread the message of what happens when a woman's life is upended by the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Reclaiming Eve Video Shorts: Phoebe's story from Suzanne Burden on Vimeo.

First, there was Mary Magdalene's story. Then Mary of BethanyThe Samaritan Woman,  The Unclean Woman and Priscilla. And here's the list of New Testament women to come.

These videos are made possible through the good work of videographer Ryan Schnurr. These two-minute video shorts work for individual viewing or for discussion in small groups, and they provide encouragement for girls and women about their identity and calling in the kingdom of God. Enjoy! And for the sake of setting God's daughters free, let's share these with our friends. See the share buttons below, and don't forget to sign up to receive the blog via email in the right column so you don't miss even one.

Next week: Lydia's story

Your turn: What hope might Phoebe's story bring to women in the Kingdom of God?

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Video Shorts #5: How does the gospel reclaim Eve? Priscilla's story

Teaching. Loving. Tent-making. Serving with her brothers to spread the gospel, Paul says she and her husband even put their necks on the line.  Enjoy Priscilla's story—and don't forget to pass it on. Let's spread the message of what happens when a woman's life is upended by the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

First, there was Mary Magdalene's story. Then Mary of BethanyThe Samaritan Woman and The Unclean Woman. And here's the list of New Testament women to come.

Reclaiming Eve Video Shorts: Priscilla's story from Suzanne Burden on Vimeo.

These videos are made possible through the good work of videographer Ryan Schnurr. These two-minute video shorts work for individual viewing or for discussion in small groups, and they provide encouragement for girls and women about their identity and calling in the kingdom of God. Enjoy! And for the sake of setting God's daughters free, let's share these with our friends. See the share buttons below, and don't forget to sign up to receive the blog via email in the right column so you don't miss even one.

Next week: Phoebe's story.

Your turn: What about Priscilla's story do you want to emulate?

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Video Shorts #4: How does the gospel reclaim Eve? The Unclean Woman's story

Awhile back, I had an idea that started to stick. Wouldn't it be amazing to tell the inspiring stories of eight women in the New Testament—women whose lives were upended by the gospel of Jesus Christ? Week #1: Mary Magdalene's story. Week #2: Mary of Bethany's story. Week #3: The Samaritan Woman's story. Here's the list of New Testament women to come.

Reclaiming Eve Video Shorts: The Unclean Woman's story from Suzanne Burden on Vimeo.

And here they are! Thanks to the good work of videographer Ryan Schnurr. These two-minute video shorts work for individual viewing or for discussion in small groups, and they provide encouragement for girls and women about their identity and calling in the kingdom of God. Enjoy! And for the sake of setting God's daughters free, let's share these with our friends. See the share buttons below, and don't forget to sign up to receive the blog via email in the right column so you don't miss even one.

Next week: Priscilla's story.

Your turn: What does The Unclean Woman's story teach us about women in God's Kingdom?

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Video Shorts #3: How does the gospel reclaim Eve? The Samaritan Woman's story

Awhile back, I had an idea that started to stick. Wouldn't it be amazing to tell the inspiring stories of eight women in the New Testament—women whose lives were upended by the gospel of Jesus Christ? Week #1: Mary Magdalene's story. Week #2: Mary of Bethany's story. Here's the list of New Testament women to come.

 

And here they are! Thanks to the good work of videographer Ryan Schnurr. These two-minute video shorts work for individual viewing or for discussion in small groups, and they provide encouragement for girls and women about their identity and calling in the kingdom of God. Enjoy! And for the sake of setting God's daughters free, let's share these with our friends. See the share buttons below, and don't forget to sign up to receive the blog via email in the right column so you don't miss even one.

Next week: The Unclean Woman's story.

Your turn: What does The Samaritan Woman's story teach us about women in God's Kingdom?

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Video Shorts #2: How does the gospel reclaim Eve? Mary of Bethany's story

Awhile back, I had an idea that started to stick. Wouldn't it be amazing to tell the inspiring stories of eight women in the New Testament—women whose lives were upended by the gospel of Jesus Christ?  

And here they are! Thanks to the good work of videographer Ryan Schnurr. These two-minute video shorts work for individual viewing or for discussion in small groups, and they provide encouragement for girls and women about their identity and calling in the kingdom of God. Enjoy! And for the sake of setting God's daughters free, let's share these with our friends. See the share buttons below, and don't forget to sign up to receive the blog via email in the right column so you don't miss even one. Week #1 featured Mary Magdalene's story. Here's the list of New Testament women to come.

Next week: The Samaritan Woman.

Your turn: What does Mary of Bethany's story teach us about women in God's Kingdom?

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Video Shorts #1: How does the gospel reclaim Eve? Mary Magdalene's story

Awhile back, I had an idea that started to stick. Wouldn't it be amazing to tell the inspiring stories of eight women in the New Testament—women whose lives were upended by the gospel of Jesus Christ?  Reclaiming Eve Video Shorts: Mary Magdalene's story from Suzanne Burden on Vimeo

And here they are! Thanks to the good work of videographer Ryan Schnurr. These two-minute video shorts work for individual viewing or for discussion in small groups, and they provide encouragement for girls and women about their identity and calling in the kingdom of God. Enjoy! And for the sake of setting God's daughters free, let's share these with our friends. See the share buttons below, and don't forget to sign up to receive the blog via email in the right column so you don't miss even one. Here's the list of New Testament women to come.

Next week: Mary of Bethany

Your turn: What does Mary Magdalene's story teach us about women in God's Kingdom?

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When the women of the New Testament speak

When the women of the New Testament speak, their lives tell a radical, redemptive story. 220px-Tizian_050

Make no mistake, they were:

  • Open to being divorced if they could not bear children. [1]
  • Generally not allowed as official eyewitnesses in court.
  • Jewish women were allowed to worship in the Temple's outer courts only or in a separate section of the Jewish synagogue.
  • Missing—in the ancient Greco-Roman world there were about 100 women for every 140 men. Many were left to die when they were born the wrong sex. [2] 

Though some wealthy women enjoyed a measure of freedom, most were defined by their husband, their father or another male relative. If they were widowed, they were expected to attach to a man for survival's sake.

Until a rabbi named Jesus arrived on the scene, scattering seeds of freedom that would grow up to shatter the chains of patriarchy.

He was nothing if not radical when it came to interacting with women. And he moved among these females with such ease, with no pretension or worry about what others might think. Over and over again, he did the unthinkable, talking to them as his equals.

Because of his actions, their lives speak:

  • Mary Magdalene supported him to the end, then ushered in a new post-Resurrection reality in which women not only speak, they proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Mary of Bethany sat at his feet, just like a good disciple would learn from a rabbi, and Jesus praised her.
  • The Samaritan Woman found his manner shocking, until his offer of living water broke through her defenses, causing her to abandon her water pot in favor of becoming the local evangelist.
  • The Woman with the Issue of Blood approached him as she bled, making him unclean. Instead, he called her "daughter," declared her whole and showed us women are no longer defined by their monthly cycles but by his promise of redemption.
  • Priscilla came after Jesus as a teacher of the word, a church leader, and a winsome companion to her husband Aquila and to Paul the apostle.
  • Lydia came, too, a seeker of Yahweh, and in one day, she and her whole household were baptized. The church at Philippi started in her living room, which for some reason no longer seemed unusual.
  • Then there was Phoebe, serving as a minister in the church of Cenchrae, carrying the book of Romans for Paul,  and quite possibly serving as the first commentator on this important doctrinal book. (Can you imagine?)
  • Finally, there was Junia. Though silenced for years, a look back at Romans 16:7 in the original Greek shows she was a female apostle, joined with her relative Andronicus and distinguished among the other apostles.

Lest there is any doubt at all, the introduction of Jesus Christ—and his life, death and Resurrection—brought a new era of freedom for women. It still does. He carried with him a new kingdom that still shatters the business-as-usual nature of our relationships, making us whole again:

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Matthew 20:25-28, NIV

The lives of these New Testament women speak with glorious freedom, wholeness and joy. Are you listening? And what do their life stories say to you?

[1] Jeffers, James S. The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era: Exploring the Background of Early Christianity. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 241.

[2] Ortberg, John. Who Is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 46.

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