Posted in theology, women

The Silent Witness that Speaks Volumes

By Elizabeth Prata

the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.  (1 Corinthians 14:34)

If they wish to inquire about something, they are to ask their own husbands at home; for it is dishonorable for a woman to speak in the church. (1 Corinthians 14:35)

A woman must learn in quietness and full submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man; she is to remain quiet. (1 Timothy 2:11-12)

Obviously being silent in the churches doesn’t mean that women are never to utter a word in church. In other epistles, Paul writes that women pray in church. Women fellowship before and after. Women sing. So being silent does not mean total silence from entering the church doors to exiting. Continue reading “The Silent Witness that Speaks Volumes”

Posted in christian living, theology

Redeeming the Time for the Lord: Some resources

By Elizabeth Prata

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

The King James Version has the phrase ‘redeeming the time.’

As I age, I get tired quicker. As I age as a Christian, I feel an undeniable temptation to let my energy for spiritual disciplines flag, and to just coast. Yet we must always be expending energy, not squandering it- these verbs are active: walking, being vigilant, watching, pursuing holiness, seeking truth…all these are active verbs that describe how we are to be as growing Christians. And there is no arrival. Until the day we die, we are growing, never finished. So, obviously, there is no such thing as coasting. Continue reading “Redeeming the Time for the Lord: Some resources”

Posted in beauty, theology

Beauty questions

By Elizabeth Prata

What is beauty? Where does it come from? Why do we enjoy it? Is beauty dispensable, i.e., can we live without it?

It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I believe that all human eyes know beauty when they see it and all human eyes know ugliness when they see it. It’s an indefinable quality, but it’s a universal one. Continue reading “Beauty questions”

Posted in encouragement, theology

Encouragement for you today

By Elizabeth Prata

As for these days of toil and hardness, “Do not say, “Why is it that the former days were better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.” (Ecclesiastes 7:10.) Clarke’s Commentary on this verse from old King Solomon states, “The former days were better than these? – This is a common saying; and it is as foolish as it is common. There is no weight nor truth in it; but men use it to excuse their crimes, and the folly of their conduct. “In former times, say they, men might be more religious, use more self-denial, be more exemplary.” This is all false. In former days men were wicked as they are now, and religion was unfashionable: God also is the same now as he was then; as just, as merciful, as ready to help.” Continue reading “Encouragement for you today”

Posted in theology, visual theology

New Bibles for the Instagram generation, part 2

By Elizabeth Prata

Part 1

Yesterday I’d written about how visually presenting timeless truths from the Bible is nothing new. Infographics (visual theology) as old as the 1600s were published and circulating. I’d noted that the Bible’s format has also morphed over the centuries, changing as new technology made reading it and production of it, easier.

A new trend has come to the fore, a meshing of three streams: our generation’s emphasis on visuals, the Kinfolk Aesthetic movement, and a small startup grown huge called Alabaster Co. These three trends have birthed a new format of the Bible, which Alabaster Co. has named the Bible Beautiful. Continue reading “New Bibles for the Instagram generation, part 2”

Posted in theology, visual theology

Are you ready for ‘Bibles for the Instagram generation’? Part 1

By Elizabeth Prata

Part 2 here

We have to admit something. I mean, if you’re of an age like me, we have to admit that for almost two generations, how we approach print has changed dramatically. Fast-paced video games, TV’s political sound bytes, short tweets, the argument culture replacing debate, and images-images-images has shortened the attention spans of just about everyone. The pull of scrolling, tweeting, and looking rather than reading is now the order of the day.

I fight it myself. I noticed that before the internet, I used to settle in and read for long periods, hours. Now if I have a book in my hand, I’m struggling to not look at the internet after 10 minutes. I’m actively retraining myself to read longer and actively resisting shortening my attention span.
Continue reading “Are you ready for ‘Bibles for the Instagram generation’? Part 1”

Posted in theology, word of the week

Word of the Week: Propitiation

By Elizabeth Prata

We’re losing the meaning of our uniquely Christian words. Biblical illiteracy is high. People don’t understand the meaning of foundational words like justification, sanctification, glorification, etc., partly because the Bible isn’t read, and partly because pastors don’t use them in sermons or explain them. The thread of Christianity depends on a unity from one generation to the next of mutual understanding of our important words. Hence the Word of the Week. Continue reading “Word of the Week: Propitiation”

Posted in supernatural, theology

Consider the supernatural, what it really is

By Elizabeth Prata

Did you ever stop to consider the supernatural in your everyday life? In 2011 and 2012, I wrote an update to the Leroy NY situation in which a bevy of teenage girls came down with a Tourette’s-like illness. They suddenly began twitching and having seizures, and no one could figure out why. The update I wrote about is that the final tests and examinations have finally been released, and still no one knows why the girls came down with this. They spent thousands of dollars and issued a 6,000 page report that said, “Er, we dunno.” Continue reading “Consider the supernatural, what it really is”

Posted in potpourri, theology

Prata Potpourri: Sleepovers, Singleness, Women moms/eva teachers, Church voting, Saints, more

By Elizabeth Prata

It’s November today. 11/12’s of the year 2019…poof, gone. Wow. Time passes quickly on earth. I often wonder what it will be like to watch the Great White Throne Judgment where every unsaved person who ever lived will stand on front of Jesus and make account for their life. That’s a lot of people. Will it go by in a flash, since we believers will be in glorified bodies by then? Will we even notice ‘time’ passing? One day is like a thousand years or a thousand years is like a day- to the Lord. Will it be like that for us?
Continue reading “Prata Potpourri: Sleepovers, Singleness, Women moms/eva teachers, Church voting, Saints, more”