Natalie R. W. Eastman

How Archaeology Can Inform Our Interpretation: Our Understanding of Day-to-day Living in the Past

"It’s important to read Bible passages in their historical and cultural context, because (1) many beliefs commonly accepted and acted-upon today are not found in the Bible (and vice versa), and (2) many of our cultural practices today did not exist back then (and vice versa). We must be (or become) aware of these facts when interpreting." _From Women, Leadership, and the Bible: How Do I Know What to Believe? A Practical Guide to Biblical Interpretation by Dr. Natalie Eastman (p. 120) For an interesting perspective on how archaeological evidence can assist our understanding of biblical history, including how people lived day-to-day [...]

Positive Words that Form? How about “No”?

Today, I was blessed to have opportunity on Bronwyn Lea's blog to consider the formative nature of the word often spoken to me in love by my dad: "No..." Link to it here. Please leave a comment there, or even here. Questions for reflection: What were your own thoughts and responses? What positive words have formed you? By the way, I guest posted at the Redbud Writers Guild site two weeks ago. Read that here.

Connecting-the-Dots for the Redbud Writers Guild Blog

I was delighted and honored to be the featured blogger yesterday on the Redbud Writers Guild blog. Writing that post was an "in-your-face" experience. It begins, "Grief and objectivity alternatingly wash over me as I write." I invite you to read the blog post. Please leave a comment there, or even here. What were your own thoughts and responses to the questions I posed at the end?

Author and Book Highlight: Sharla Fritz – Divine Makeover

As a former youth minister for eight years in full-time capacity in two different, very large churches, I worked with young women ages 12-22, between the 500 or so girls who were in the ministries at any given time. In addition, we had several dozen year-round female volunteers and usually around 11 female summer staff we hired each year. From those experiences, as well as my own, I believe in building up young women in biblical and theological acuity and understanding and that this - understanding themselves in light of their identity as image-bearers of god - is their best foundation for [...]

About Natalie, As Author, Part 4: Challenges and, Yes, Terrors

I'd sure like for us to become better acquainted. It's kind of awkward over the internet. However, I have a few Q&A items that might serve us to this end. Today's centers on personal challenges I've experienced - and still experience - in my writing life. I hope that you will comment below and introduce yourself, as well, and let me know what brought you here. Thank you! In advance: it's nice to meet you. To read the first three posts, click here. True Confessions… I think I’m a bit of a slow worker. Fiercely determined and committed, but slow. [...]

About Natalie, As Author, Part 3: For Whom Do I Write?

I'd sure like for us to become better acquainted. It's kind of awkward over the internet. However, I have a few Q&A items that might serve us to this end. Today's centers on the people - women in particular - for whom I write. I hope that you will comment below and introduce yourself, as well, and let me know what brought you here. Thank you! In advance: it's nice to meet you. To read the first three posts, click here. Today's Topic: "To whom do you write?" Well, Women, Leadership, and The Bible: How Do I Know What to Believe? [...]

About Natalie, As Author, Part 2: The Development of My Writing

I'd sure like for us to become better acquainted. It's kind of awkward over the internet. However, I have a few Q&A items that might serve us to this end. Today's centers on my development as a writer. I hope that you will comment below and introduce yourself, as well, and let me know what brought you here. Thank you! In advance: it's nice to meet you. How has your writing developed over the years? Since high school, people have told me that I’m a good (at times, excellent) writer; however, I never considered myself a writer—not until, that is, [...]

About Natalie, As Author, Part 1: On Writing As Calling

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I'd sure like for us to become better acquainted. It's kind of awkward over the internet. However, I have a few Q&A items that might serve us to this end. Today's post centers on writing as part of my life's calling. I hope that you will comment below and introduce yourself, as well, and let me know what brought you here. Thank you! In advance: it's nice to meet you. Today's Installment: How does writing fit into your sense of calling? During college, the Lord impressed on me that I would spend my life in ministry service, but that the [...]

“Men, Read More Books by Women.” _A Man

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Many publishers' efforts to market a book effectively often mislead potential readers into thinking "that's a girl book." Rob Carmack insists that this ain't necessarily so...

Grammatical-Historical and Historical-Critical Methods, Explained and Compared

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Have you seen or heard of the terms "grammatical-historical" and "historical-critical" methods of interpretation? Are you clear on them? Now, you can get clear in under an hour with these two helpful resources.