Sandra Glahn, B.A., Th.M., Ph.D.

Welcome! ASPIRE started out as an acronym for ARTs, Sanctity of Life, Pregnancy Loss, Infertility, Reproductive Technologies, and Ethics.

These subjects, grounded in my own experience, often made their way into my early writings. And now, some two decades later, I share blog posts, videos, book sales, and free writing resources on the above-mentioned topics as well as a host of others here at ASPIRE2. Today my work relates to what it means to flourish as human beings with emphasis on the Big Ideas, the arts, gender, and living embodied lives designed for human flourishing.
Please join me in the conversion. I’m glad you’re here.

To find out more about me, see my About page. You can follow me on Twitter @sandraglahn and subscribe to my author page at facebook.com/aspire2. I post every other Tuesday on the Engage blog for women in Christian leadership at Bible.org.

Recent Posts

Teaching Teens: Thoughts on Modesty and Rape Culture

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Today I have a guest contributor, Laura Hercher, one of my students, talking about something that has certainly been in the news—rape culture. Her thoughts address the intersection of rape culture and what churches teach teens about modesty and personal responsibility.

As someone in a ministry position and involved in a church, I find there are many ways I could work to combat rape culture. But the biggest way is to prevent it from continuing into the next generation by teaching youth how to think about these issues. I think one of the most powerful ways we can do this is by changing the way we teach youth about modesty. Often, well-intentioned youth leaders say or imply that girls need to dress modestly because if they don’t, they are “making” the boys lust after them. Such thinking is rape culture in a slightly less severe package. …

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On Narratives and Central Propositions

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Someone asked me this question recently: “Do authors (of classic literature, broadly, and the Bible, specifically) have an agenda/thesis/big idea/etc. in mind before/when they write? Or do they start writing and let an agenda emerge?”
And I said I think it depends on the genre.
If someone picked up a modern hymn book and tried to find a thesis, they’d be hard pressed to do so. Yet they would find a certain organization. I think the same is true with the Psalms. The psalms are a collection. Same with Proverbs. People look for outlines and central ideas on those books and…nada. That may even be the case with Song of Songs. For sure I think those who see a beginning-middle-end structure to Song of Solomon are pressing a later Greek storytelling structure on a 10th-century-BC book that was more likely chiastic if there is actually even a story to it.…
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Featured Books

Vindicating the Vixens

Vindicating the Vixens (Kregel Academic, forthcoming) is the result of a diverse team of 16 male and female theologians who’ve partnered to take a second look at vilified and marginalized women in the Bible. The church has often viewed women’s stories through sexist eyes, resulting in a range of distortions.

On March 23 at DTS, Dr. Sandra Glahn moderated a panel discussion about women in the Bible whom we have either vilified or marginalized.

Vindicating the Vixens Panel Discussion 

When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden

Encouragement for Couples Facing Infertility (2nd ed.)

When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden brings solid facts, detailed information, and a message of encouragement to infertile couples and those who work with them, along with answers to the questions they most often ask.

Mocha on the Mount

Imagine yourself having coffee with Jesus. What would you ask Him? What might He ask you? In this study we’ll consider his words in the Sermon on the Mount and explore how our righteousness can actually “exceed that of the scribes and the Pharisees.” Okay, actually, we’ll explore how Jesus set the bar so high that we see the key to entering the kingdom of heaven: realizing our deep need for grace and for someone else’s righteousness to be credited to our account. That’s the only way we get that kind of righteousness.

Lethal Harvest

In the midst of a frivolous malpractice suit, a fertility clinic loses its chief researcher in a freak accident. When the survivors piece together discrepancies in the victim’s cloning and genetics research, they uncover a Machiavellian plot that pits them against biomedical companies in a race to discover what the researcher knew.

A Christy Award finalist (Suspense category) and CBA bestselling novel

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