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Kat Armstrong: The In-Between Place

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Today one of my favorite authors, Kat Armstrong, launches her latest book, The In-Between Place. Kat is a powerful voice in our generation. She’s an innovative ministry leader and sought-after communicator who holds a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the author of No More Holding Back and The In-Between Place. She and her husband, Aaron, have been married for eighteen years and live in Dallas, Texas, with their son, Caleb. They attend Dallas Bible Church, where Aaron serves as the lead pastor.

I read her most recent book, The In-Between Place, and wrote this endorsement: Sometimes a place in the Bible’s narrative becomes like a character with a voice of its own. Shechem/Sychar is such a place. Dinah was raped in Shechem, and Jesus met “the woman at the well” there. In Kat’s new book she takes readers to this city in Samaria and …

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Fathom Magazine interview w/ me about Vixens

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This interview with me ran in the latest issue of Fathom Magazine.  Today we’re happy to have as our guest Dr. Sandra Glahn. Sandi earned her ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and her PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in Humanities–Aesthetic Studies. A professor in the Media Arts and Worship department at DTS, she teaches courses in writing, medieval art/spirituality, gender, and sexual ethics. She is the author of more than twenty books, including the Coffee Cup Bible Study series. But today we want to talk with her about her latest book Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting the Sexualized, Vilified, Marginalized Women of the Bible (Kregel Academic), which just came out.

Tell us about Vindicating the Vixens.

Vindicating the Vixens has been on my heart and mind for more than a decade. As I studied history and cultural backgrounds at the doctoral level, I ended …

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Samaritan Woman: Stay Away from Me?

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My Tapestry post for the week: 

I
received a question this week from a former student, Vernita, about the
Samaritan woman, whose story John records in the fourth chapter of his Gospel.

Vernita:
I’m looking for any credible historical data to support the statements I’ve
read in some commentaries which suggest the Samaritan woman was an outcast in
her society and came to the well later in the day than most women in order to
avoid the scorn of that crowd. Are you aware of any writings that specifically
and definitively state that, or would that be speculation based on what we know
about that society?
Me:
English translations tell us, “It was about noon” (Jn.
4:6
). The Greek says it was the sixth hour. Some take that to mean
from midnight—that is, 6 a.m. But because John elsewhere gives the time of
Jesus’s death as being about
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