140 episodes

The Alabaster Jar Podcast is a weekly conversation that takes on current issues impacting women at the intersection of faith, theology, and ministry. Dr. Lynn Cohick, Kelly Dippolito, and Sareen Musselman pour out their wisdom from years in ministry and academia to inspire women to continue advancing God's mission in the world.

The Alabaster Jar Dr. Lynn Cohick

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 51 Ratings

The Alabaster Jar Podcast is a weekly conversation that takes on current issues impacting women at the intersection of faith, theology, and ministry. Dr. Lynn Cohick, Kelly Dippolito, and Sareen Musselman pour out their wisdom from years in ministry and academia to inspire women to continue advancing God's mission in the world.

    Seeking God’s Face In Studying The Bible | With Dr. Carol M. Kaminski

    Seeking God’s Face In Studying The Bible | With Dr. Carol M. Kaminski

    In this conversation, Dr. Carol M. Kaminski joins Dr. Lynn Cohick to discuss the importance of women's Bible studies and the need for deeper biblical teaching. She emphasizes the beauty and artistry of the Old Testament and how it can inspire women to study the Scriptures. Dr. Kaminski also explores the themes of humility and seeking God's face in the book of 2 Chronicles while highlighting the significance of prayer and seeking God's guidance in our lives.

    Key Takeaways: 
    Women's Bible studies should focus on deeper biblical teaching and understanding.The Old Testament is a rich source of beauty and artistry that can inspire women to study the scriptures.Humility and seeking God's face are important themes in 2 Chronicles.Prayer and seeking God's guidance are essential practices for cultivating godliness.Reconciliation and healing in the community are crucial for experiencing God's restoration. 
    Episode Breakdown:

    00:00 - Introduction and Passion for Women's Bible Studies
    03:44 - The Importance of Studying Scriptures
    06:15 - Cultivating Godliness in Women's Bible Studies
    09:51 - Overcoming Hesitation to Study the Bible
    12:18 - The Beauty and Artistry of the Old Testament
    14:50 - Exploring Second Chronicles
    25:38 - Listening to Wise Counsel and Seeking God's Face
    29:04 - Prayer and Seeking God's Face
    34:27 - Reconciliation and Healing in Community

    Episode Resources:   

    Casket Empty: Old Testament Study Guide: God's Plan Of Redemption Through History by Dr. Carol M. Kaminski  

    1–2 Chronicles (The Story of God Bible Commentary) by Dr. Carol M. Kaminski  

    Cultivating Godliness: An Eight-Week Bible Study In 1-2 Chronicles by Dr. Carol M. Kaminski  

    Episode Sponsor:  

    The Alabaster Jar is brought to you by The Center for Women in Leadership, a newly formed 501©3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to equip women in a context that is biblically rooted, theologically robust, and ethnically diverse to thrive as leaders in the academy and the Church. Follow them on Instagram @leadershipwithoutapology. Learn more about The Center for Women in Leadership at: https://www.leadershipwithoutapology.org/.

    • 34 min
    The Visual Museum Series: Season 1 Recap & Looking Ahead | With Kelly Dippolito & Christine Calareso Bleecker

    The Visual Museum Series: Season 1 Recap & Looking Ahead | With Kelly Dippolito & Christine Calareso Bleecker

    The first season of the Visual Museum podcast series is officially wrapping up as Kelly Dippolito and Christine Calareso Bleecker share their favorite moments from this season while also discussing the impact the episodes already have. The goal of this podcast has always been to help listeners orient themselves in time, space, and location from first-century art to pieces from the 14th and 15th centuries. This series introduced listeners to women not specifically named in the Bible and shed light on the stories of women they may have heard but haven't heard in full.

    The podcast also explored theological concepts and the relationship between art and faith as various scholars introduced listeners to how to understand the context of these art pieces better and cultivate an eye for interpreting art well. Christine and Kelly also share some exciting news about what’s to come in Season 2 of this podcast series and future opportunities for the Visual Museum! 

    Key Takeaways: 
    The podcast series aimed to orient listeners in time, space, and location from the first century to the 14th and 15th centuries.It introduced listeners to women not specifically named in the Bible and shed light on the stories of women they may have heard but haven't heard in full.The podcast explored theological concepts and the relationship between art and faith.The Visual Museum website provides downloadable images that can be used in various media to incorporate women's narratives into the church's conversation today. 
    Visual Museum of Women in Christianity

    This collaborative project aims to create a curated, permanent visual exhibit of women in the history, ministry, and piety of early, Byzantine, and medieval Christianity that will be available online for researchers, educators, and interested laypersons.

    This multi-year project aims to make the visual record of women in ministry and leadership available free of charge and without permission requirements. It will also include short teaching elements to guide the audience through the constitutive and pivotal role of women throughout Christian history.

    Together with the visual story, the accompanying narrative will allow patrons to learn about women throughout history and across the globe and their unique contributions to the life and faith of the church...

    A history that remains mostly untold.

    Follow the Visual Museum on Social Media:

    Instagram: visualmuseum.gallery
    Facebook: visualmuseum.gallery
    Twitter: visual_museum
    TikTok: visualmuseum.gallery
    YouTube: @VisualMuseum

    Episode Sponsor:

    The Alabaster Jar is brought to you by The Center for Women in Leadership, a newly formed 501©3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to equip women in a context that is biblically rooted, theologically robust, and ethnically diverse to thrive as leaders in the academy and the Church. Follow them on Instagram @leadershipwithoutapology. Learn more about The Center for Women in Leadership at: https://www.leadershipwithoutapology.org/.

    • 22 min
    A Heart For Jesus & His Word: Lisa Harper's Story Of Theological Education & Ministry | With Lisa Harper

    A Heart For Jesus & His Word: Lisa Harper's Story Of Theological Education & Ministry | With Lisa Harper

    In this conversation, Lisa Harper joins Dr. Lynn Cohick and Kelly Dippolito to discuss the importance of theological education and the role of women in ministry. Lisa shares her journey of overcoming limitations and embracing her calling. They also discuss the need for a redemptive hermeneutic and a compassionate understanding of God's character as Lisa emphasizes the importance of learning from people who love Jesus and diving deeper into God's word. This conversation also touches on the impact of inherited theology and the need for honest conversations and understanding while also talking about the challenges and experiences of women in ministry and academia.

    Key Takeaways: 
    Theological education is important for deepening our understanding of God and His word.   Women should embrace their calling and not limit themselves based on societal expectations. A redemptive hermeneutic is needed to understand God's character and His love for women.Inherited theology can lead to misconceptions and limitations, but honest conversations and learning can bring about change.God is both holy and kind, and theology should reflect His compassionate nature. Women in ministry and academia often face invisibility and inherent danger.Studying and understanding the Bible is crucial for challenging misconceptions and stereotypes.Kindness and respect are important in conversations with those who hold different views. Gratitude and worship are powerful tools in the pursuit of theological education.       Creating a safe and sacred sisterhood is essential for women in ministry. 
    Episode Breakdown:

    00:00 - Embracing Theological Education and Calling
    09:51 - The Importance of Learning and Heart Understanding
    23:33 - Studying the Bible to Challenge Misconceptions
    32:56 - The Power of Gratitude and Worship in Theological Education 

    Episode Resources: 

    Luke: Gut-Level Compassion (Bible Study) by Lisa Harper  

    Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second through Fifth Centuries by Dr. Lynn Cohick and Dr. Amy Brown Hughes  

    How Scripture Interprets Scripture: What Biblical Writers Can Teach Us About Reading the Bible by Dr. Michael Graves  

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    • 43 min
    The Visual Museum Series: The Contributors - Luce Foundation | With Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh

    The Visual Museum Series: The Contributors - Luce Foundation | With Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh

    In this conversation, Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh joins Kelly Dippolito to discuss his involvement with the Luce Foundation and the grant that kickstarted the Visual Museum project. He highlights the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and the challenges of digital humanities. He emphasizes the potential impact of the Visual Museum in providing a user-friendly experience and rectifying the void in women's history.

    Key Takeaways: 
    The Luce Foundation grant played a crucial role in kickstarting the Visual Museum project and turning it into a reality.Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential in creating innovative and impactful projects like the Visual Museum.The challenges of digital humanities include ensuring the permanence of digital tools and maintaining quality control in crowdsourcing.The Visual Museum has the potential to provide a user-friendly experience and rectify the void in women's history within the church.Art is a powerful medium for experiencing and understanding the stories of the church, and the Visual Museum aims to provide curated and well-researched resources. 
    Visual Museum of Women in Christianity

    The purpose of this collaborative project is to create a curated, permanent visual exhibit of women in the history, ministry, and piety of early, Byzantine, and medieval Christianity that will be available online for researchers, educators, and interested laypersons.

    The goal of this multi-year project is to make the visual record of women in ministry and leadership available free of charge and unencumbered by permission requirements, and to include short teaching elements to guide the audience through the constitutive and pivotal role of women throughout Christian history.

    Together with the visual story, the accompanying narrative will make it possible for patrons to learn about women throughout history and across the globe and their unique contributions to the life and faith of the church…

    A history that remains mostly untold.

    Follow the Visual Museum on Social Media:

    Instagram: visualmuseum.gallery
    Facebook: visualmuseum.gallery
    Twitter: visual_museum
    TikTok: visualmuseum.gallery
    YouTube: @VisualMuseum

    Episode Sponsor:

    The Alabaster Jar is brought to you by The Center for Women in Leadership, a newly formed 501©3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to equip women in a context that is biblically rooted, theologically robust, and ethnically diverse to thrive as leaders in the academy and the Church. Follow them on Instagram @leadershipwithoutapology. Learn more about The Center for Women in Leadership at: https://www.leadershipwithoutapology.org/.

    • 35 min
    Cultivating The Christian Imagination: How Stories, Art & Prayer Can Transform Our Spiritual Lives | With Dr. Lanta Davis

    Cultivating The Christian Imagination: How Stories, Art & Prayer Can Transform Our Spiritual Lives | With Dr. Lanta Davis

    In this conversation, Dr. Lanta Davis joins Dr. Lynn Cohick to discuss her book, Becoming by Beholding: The Power of the Imagination in Spiritual Formation, as they talk about the concept of spiritual formation through the imagination and the role of art in shaping our faith. They explore the idea that forming the soul means forming the imagination and how ancient Christians viewed the imagination to receive and be shaped by images and stories. They also discuss the practice of imaginative prayer and its power to bring scripture to life. The conversation also delves into the themes of icons, virtues, and vices, highlighting the importance of cultivating the virtues and recognizing the dangers of vices.

    Key Takeaways:
    Forming the soul means forming the imagination, a powerful spiritual formation tool.Imaginative prayer allows us to enter scripture and experience it more personally and holistically.Icons act as windows that point beyond themselves, inviting us to gaze beyond the image and encounter the divine.Virtues and vices are personified and can be understood through visual representations, such as statues and paintings.Prudence is the guiding virtue that sets the course for the other virtues and helps us make wise decisions. 
    Episode Breakdown:

    00:00 - Introduction to Becoming by Beholding

    02:14 - Forming the Soul through the Imagination

    10:13 - Encountering the Divine through Icons

    31:45 - Cultivating Virtues and Recognizing Vices

    42:00 - The Guiding Role of Prudence 

    Episode Resources: 

    Becoming by Beholding: The Power of the Imagination in Spiritual Formation  

    The Visual Museum of Women in Christianity  

    Episode Sponsor:  

    The Alabaster Jar is brought to you by The Center for Women in Leadership, a newly formed 501©3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to equip women in a context that is biblically rooted, theologically robust, and ethnically diverse to thrive as leaders in the academy and the Church. Follow them on Instagram @leadershipwithoutapology. Learn more about The Center for Women in Leadership at: https://www.leadershipwithoutapology.org/.

    • 46 min
    The Visual Museum Series: Relics & The Regular Christian | With Dr. Amy Brown Hughes & Dr. George Kalantzis

    The Visual Museum Series: Relics & The Regular Christian | With Dr. Amy Brown Hughes & Dr. George Kalantzis

    In this conversation, Dr. Amy Brown Hughes and Dr. George Kalantzis join Dr. Lynn Cohick to explore the significance of baptism, Eucharist, and relics in the worship of the fourth and fifth centuries. It delves into the political and social implications of these practices, highlighting how they challenged societal norms and hierarchies. The conversation also emphasizes the importance of the physicality and materiality of Christian worship, as well as the belief in resurrection and the continuity of the body.

    Key Takeaways: 
    Relics played a significant role in the worship of the fourth and fifth centuries, serving as reminders of the faith and connecting believers across time and space.The physicality and materiality of Christian worship were central to the ancient Christian faith, emphasizing the importance of the body and the belief in resurrection.Men and women together thought deeply about resurrection and participated in theological discussions, shaping the understanding of the afterlife and the role of the body. 
    Visual Museum of Women in Christianity

    The purpose of this collaborative project is to create a curated, permanent visual exhibit of women in the history, ministry, and piety of early, Byzantine, and medieval Christianity that will be available online for researchers, educators, and interested laypersons.

    The goal of this multi-year project is to make the visual record of women in ministry and leadership available free of charge and unencumbered by permission requirements, and to include short teaching elements to guide the audience through the constitutive and pivotal role of women throughout Christian history.

    Together with the visual story, the accompanying narrative will make it possible for patrons to learn about women throughout history and across the globe and their unique contributions to the life and faith of the church…

    A history that remains mostly untold.

    Follow the Visual Museum on Social Media:

    Instagram: visualmuseum.gallery
    Facebook: visualmuseum.gallery
    Twitter: visual_museum
    TikTok: visualmuseum.gallery
    YouTube: @VisualMuseum

    Episode Sponsor:

    The Alabaster Jar is brought to you by The Center for Women in Leadership, a newly formed 501©3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to equip women in a context that is biblically rooted, theologically robust, and ethnically diverse to thrive as leaders in the academy and the Church. Follow them on Instagram @leadershipwithoutapology. Learn more about The Center for Women in Leadership at: https://www.leadershipwithoutapology.org/.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

ABJenkins7 ,

Excellent and informative

I met Lynn at Kyrigma 2 yrs ago. I have followed the podcast since. I love it. I have been able to use the knowledge gained to teach my class at church. I also have been encouraged by the understanding of what women really add to the body of Christ.

CuriousGeorge597 ,

Thank you!

Wonderful podcast with great guests. Thank you for helping me learn so much about women in the Bible from female scholars.

englishdoc ,

A positive podcast

Such a positive podcast! Lynn Cohick is an excellent interviewer.

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