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Candi Finch

Candi Finch serves as Assistant Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies at Southwestern and is nearing the end of her PhD studying systematic theology. She loves used book stores, getting to teach young women, and eating any food she doesn’t have to cook herself! Her secret ambition in life is to compete on Survivor or The Amazing Race.

Biblical Womanhood 101: What We Really Teach at Southwestern

By on August 19, 2014 in About, Education with 9 Comments
Biblical Womanhood 101: What We Really Teach at Southwestern

Southwestern Seminary is a great place to be a woman! We have the largest women’s programs faculty of any evangelical seminary and offer specialized concentrations and degrees at the certificate, college, masters, and doctorate levels for women preparing for ministry who want to know what the Bible says specifically about women and to women. We […]

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Does Anything Trump Scripture?

By on August 12, 2014 in Ministry, Theology with 6 Comments
Does Anything Trump Scripture?

When it comes to women serving in different capacities in ministry, what acts as the final word for you in determining what is appropriate and what is not? What is your ultimate authority or final court of appeals? Does some human authority or some supposed pragmatic reason ever trump Scripture? Have you ever found yourself […]

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Why is Holiness so “Uncool”?

By on July 1, 2014 in Theology with 0 Comments
Why is Holiness so “Uncool”?

Why is holiness so uncool? I don’t mean among lost people; I mean among Christians. These days it seems that some Christians are afraid of holiness or have simply abandoned it as a meaningful concept. In 2012, Crossway released Kevin De Young’s book The Hole in Our Holiness (worth checking out!), and in a review […]

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Can There Be Real Equality with Distinctions?

Can There Be Real Equality with Distinctions?

Distinction: We believe that God has given women and men distinctive roles within the family and the church; that these roles were intentionally created and given prior to human sin; that according to God’s design, these roles are interdependent but not interchangeable (Gen 2:18-25; 1 Cor 11:3, 8-9, 11-12; 1 Tim 2:12-14). My Personal Journey […]

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Are You Too Smart for Your Own Good?

By on April 8, 2014 in Dating, Women's Issues with 4 Comments
Are You Too Smart for Your Own Good?

Put another way: Do certain degrees make you less likely to be “marriage material”? That type of question is one I get at least once a month. Seriously. In recent weeks, I’ve been asked three different versions of it: Will getting a PhD mean that no guy will ever want to marry me? If I […]

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10 Quick Lessons about Ministry from Paul

By on February 13, 2014 in Ministry with 0 Comments
10 Quick Lessons about Ministry from Paul

One of the greatest blessings of my life has been having the opportunity to be mentored by several amazing women of God since I was a teenager.  These ladies have taught me valuable lessons about what it means to live for God and serve Him. In addition, I have learned so much about ministry by […]

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When You Just Want to Quit

By on January 9, 2014 in Faith with 3 Comments
When You Just Want to Quit

Have you ever faced a task that seemed impossible? Maybe you just don’t feel up to the journey? I am in the middle of writing my dissertation, and I have to admit there are days when I just want to throw my hands up and quit because the road ahead seems too daunting. Even though […]

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Why Should You Care About Katy Perry’s Approach to Religion?

By on November 7, 2013 in Culture with 56 Comments
Why Should You Care About Katy Perry’s Approach to Religion?

The cover article of this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly looks at the life of pop superstar Katy Perry. One comment in the article stood out to me as the singer discussed her relationship with God: “My upbringing was so strict and sheltered and rigid, and now it’s a lot more loose. I believe in […]

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I’m Single – Why Should “Homemaking” Matter to Me?

By on October 3, 2013 in House and Home with 2 Comments
I’m Single – Why Should “Homemaking” Matter to Me?

You’ve probably heard that later this month Southwestern is hosting The Art of Homemaking Conference.[1] As I talk about the conference with our students, I keep getting two pretty different reactions. Some women who are really looking forward to the conference get excited whenever I bring it up. However, other women I talk to kind […]

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Why Should Teen Girls Care about Marriage Sermons?

By on September 5, 2013 in Biblical Womanhood, Dating with 0 Comments
Why Should Teen Girls Care about Marriage Sermons?

It’s inevitable. I have seen it over and over again. Whenever a preacher starts a sermon on the subject of marriage, I can see teenagers mentally checking out all over the place. The unsaid thought is clear—“This doesn’t apply to me right now! I’ll worry about it later.” The problem is, though, that if you’re a […]

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