Apple recently released their “Supplier Responsibility Report.” They haven’t always been known for being a transparent or particularly responsible corporation. But this report goes a long way toward establishing their commitment toward an ethical supply chain. It’s all complex and for every practice that they are correcting, I’m sure that they still have another exploitive or unethical practice.
Meet Griselda. She was raped at 13 years old. The only thing that makes her story unique is that she had the help of a lawyer and therefore she got justice. [Read more…]
Take 3 minutes to watch this beautiful movie about a tragic reality.
Meet Mariamma. She is a brickmaker from southern India. One day she and her family decided to take a small loan from a brickmaker in another town so that they could relocate their family at his brick factory in hopes of earning more money. That man and his sons made them indentured servants, only permitting them to buy food from him and paying them what he pleased, therefore ensuring that they could never make a profit. Not only was the loan that they had borrowed not getting smaller, it was getting bigger.
Imagine this: You get up early, as you do every morning, to get chores done around the house, get the kids ready for school, and you go your separate directions as your 15 year old daughter makes sure the young ones make it to school. About 11:00 your daughter shows up at your work in tears. She has been raped by two young men for hours and beaten brutally. After caring for her essential needs you call the police.
Several passages in 1 Corinthians have been used to claim that women should not be leaders or teachers in the Church. I think St. Paul would be appalled by such an interpretation and that significant scholarly evidence would support this conclusion. (There are many places in this post where I am following the good work by Phillip Payne in his book cited below.)
A little while ago I wrote a post about women in leadership that was viewed more than 7,000 times, still one of my most popular posts. Of those views, only 200 people clicked through to the N.T. Wright article that presented the biblical arguments upon which my post depended.
I know that many that viewed the post were those that already shared my opinion and had researched the topic. But many that I interacted with via social media complained that my article wasn’t biblical. Well here you go.