Babe Ruth towers over the game of baseball. His legacy continues when new players are inducted into the Hall of Fame. In the same way, Stephen towers over church history. His legacy continues when new martyrs die for Jesus.
Miss America contestants aren't just pretty faces. They strive to be strong, positive female leaders. Esther is more than a pretty face too. She was crowned on her good looks, but she became a deliverer for her people and a preview of Jesus Christ.
Many denominations ordain women as pastors. Some churches cling tightly to a male model of leadership. Deborah challenges us to broaden our thinking. Are women capable of effectively leading God's people?
Marie Barone is the classic mother-in-law. Unfortunately, most people are irritated by their mother-in-law. But Ruth wasn't. And God rewarded her for it - big time!
Mary receives as much attention in the Christmas story as Jesus. And for good reason! She inspires us in many ways - perhaps the most difficult way of all!