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

On Feminism and Evangelicalism

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As part of my PhD research, I read Betty Friedan, heard Gloria Steinem in person, and spent a bunch of semesters exploring the history and teachings of feminism. And after I did so, I reached the conclusion that evangelicals in general need to pull back and regroup both in our representations of feminists and in our approach to reaching them.

Just as there is not one “Christianity” but many Christianities (e.g., Orthodox, Catholic, Anglo-Catholic, Protestant, Lutheran, Armenian, Calvinist), there are many feminisms (liberal, radical, Marxist, socialist, lesbian, biblical, difference feminists [we are women—viva le difference! from men] and sameness feminists [we’re the same except for biology]), and more.

Liberal feminists came out of the Equal Rights Movement. Betty Friedan was one of them. They are interested in equality, not to be confused with sameness. That is, they want the law to quit “seeing gender,” i.e., being biased against …

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Update on My Nephew

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In early May, Jonathan, my nephew and a busy college student, began feeling tired and congested. He pushed through to make it to classes, work, and AWANA, where he taught children about God’s love. Then a dark spot appeared on one of his front teeth. Exhausted, he slept several days away, and then another dark spot appeared on one of his upper front teeth—but this time, it was accompanied by intense throbbing.

His dentist, who X-rayed his teeth and found everything to be normal, told him to see a doctor immediately. He suspected something immunological, And sure enough, blood tests showed acute leukemia. The physician called Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) and talked to the doctors there, then directed Jonathan and my sister, his mom, to go to the ER immediately. The OHSU team would be waiting.

Jonathan quickly developed pneumonia and was moved to ICU. And we …

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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