Aemilia Metella interviews Mary Magdalene

My guide led me through the narrow congested streets of Jerusalem. He led me to a backstreet and a building with a staircase at the side. I followed him up the steps and into a room which was much larger than I imagined. Several people moved around, some talking, others praying and a group laughingContinue reading “Aemilia Metella interviews Mary Magdalene”

Taking a fresh look at the bad girls of the Bible

It’s taken me a while to get around to the theme of this month’s blog, and I have debated with myself even about the title. Second-guessing myself whether I should even discuss the historical sexualisation of female Biblical characters. Who are the bad girls referred to in the title? These are the women who historyContinue reading “Taking a fresh look at the bad girls of the Bible”

The women who saw and told

The credible witnesses to Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection Imagine you have witnessed a crime, and you have to make a statement to the police to say what you saw or heard. You need to be truthful and tell the whole truth and not add any details which did not occur. In a court, a credibleContinue reading “The women who saw and told”

An Interview with Sarah

Aemilia Metella Interviews the Samaritan woman who debated theology with Jesus “You are not going to Samaria, are you? It’s full of uneducated and foolish people.” A friend said this when he heard of my latest assignment to travel to Samaria to interview a woman called Sarah. I wanted to speak with her because IContinue reading “An Interview with Sarah”

Phoebe, A Friend of Paul, Part 2

This is the third of my three blogs about an amazing church leader called Phoebe. It’s easy to get tied up in thoughts that Paul and the early church were against women leaders, speakers and missionaries. This is blatantly not true, and a close reading of Paul’s letters and the book of Acts in theContinue reading “Phoebe, A Friend of Paul, Part 2”

Phoebe, a friend of Paul Part 1

One of the most important women in the history of the early church you probably have never heard of. Not so long ago, a friend mentioned Phoebe and her importance to Paul’s ministry. I was shocked that having studied the Bible for many years (and I should add decades); I knew so little of her.Continue reading “Phoebe, a friend of Paul Part 1”

An Interview with Phoebe

Aemilia Metella Interviews the woman who was Paul’s envoy The enormous statue of Poseidon, god of the sea, welcomed us to the harbour of Cenchreae, just five miles from Corinth. Waiting on the jetty were men with a wagon who, as soon as the ship came to a smooth stop, jumped on board to unloadContinue reading “An Interview with Phoebe”

An Interview with Naomi

Aemilia Metella Interviews the woman who defied social conventions The early evening light shimmered off the lake, and tiny lights danced and moved in unison upon the darkening water. My companion, Naomi, and I sat on a low wall and watched a fishing boat sail away from a small stone jetty. The men raised theContinue reading “An Interview with Naomi”

An Interview with Miriam

Aemilia Metella Interviews the woman who had a fever This month, our intrepid Roman Reporter, Aemilia Metella, travels to Capernaum and meets a woman who was healed by Jesus. I had not expected Capernaum to be so busy. This prosperous town sprang up on the northern shores of Lake Galilee and the main trade roadContinue reading “An Interview with Miriam”

The Healing: my story- Joy Margetts

Welcome to my September Blog. This month author Joy Margetts gets to guest blog with her own personal story and how it is reflected in her novel, The Healing. I have always loved writing. It has been a place of refuge, a means of expressing my deepest thoughts, and a vehicle for my imagination. ButContinue reading “The Healing: my story- Joy Margetts”