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Dorothy Kelley Patterson

Dorothy Kelley Patterson serves as the First Lady and Professor of Theology in Women's Studies at Southwestern Seminary. She has authored numerous books and articles including, Where’s Mom: The High Calling of Wives and Mothers, and A Woman Seeking God: Discover God in the Places of Your Life. One of Mrs. Patterson's greatest joys is hospitality! She loves to cook and is known for her family’s famous “Kelley biscuits.”

*"Dear Dottie" is a featured, monthly column from Dorothy Kelley Patterson (aka - Dottie!). If you have a question for Dottie, please email us at biblicalwoman@swbts.edu!

Dear Dottie, Can Women Be Deacons?

By on June 19, 2014 in Ministry with 2 Comments
Dear Dottie, Can Women Be Deacons?

Dear Dottie, Can women be deacons? I came across Phoebe’s name in Romans 16 and Paul called her a deaconess. But in my church, I see that only men serve as deacons. Why is this? Sincerely, An Inquisitive Friend   Dear Inquisitive Friend: Your question concerning women as deacons is one asked frequently, especially by women who […]

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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Reading is one of the most profitable and edifying as well as entertaining disciplines. I describe even “fun” reading as a discipline because no one ever read a book from first page to last sentence without having some measure of discipline, especially in this electronic, visually stimulating era where there is talk of getting rid of […]

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A Salute to Mothers

A Salute to Mothers

Many women could have answered this classified ad: Woman wanted to help in house. 18-hour day. 7-day week. Must have experience in cooking sewing, medicine, child care, and psychology, law, elementary electricity and household repairs, bookkeeping, marketing, and cleaning. Must be strong and willing with happy disposition. No wages. Room and board provided. Motherhood is […]

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It’s Never Too Late to Make a Difference!

By on April 1, 2014 in Ministry with 3 Comments
It’s Never Too Late to Make a Difference!

Dear pilgrims in the journey, The Lord has brought to my heart a devotional thought to share. Do you, as I, often feel that whatever you do in an effort to meet the needs of your family and serve others is somehow not enough? Do you think that whatever you attempt could be done better and […]

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Dear Dottie: Any Ideas on How to Reach my Neighborhood?

By on February 27, 2014 in Dear Dottie with 0 Comments
Dear Dottie: Any Ideas on How to Reach my Neighborhood?

You will be amazed at what the Lord will bring into your heart and vision—oftentimes something that no one else would even envision!

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Dear Dottie: How Do I Start New Habits in My Relationship with God?

Dear Dottie: How Do I Start New Habits in My Relationship with God?

Dear Dottie, Every January, I set out to read through the Bible in a year or keep up a prayer journal but by mid-February I feel I’ve fallen too far behind to ever catch up. I truly want to grow in the spiritual disciplines in my life but always seem to fizzle out and get […]

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To Receive is To Give

By on December 19, 2013 in Holiday with 0 Comments
To Receive is To Give

. . . and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)  This poignant beatitude from the lips of Jesus is so typical of the Savior. Though not found in the four Gospels, its spirit is seen in Luke 6:38: “Give, […]

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Dear Dottie, What Did You Mean By “Family Obsessed”??

By on November 5, 2013 in Dear Dottie with 0 Comments
Dear Dottie, What Did You Mean By “Family Obsessed”??

Dear Dottie, I recently heard you give a message on the Proverbs 31 Woman where you talked about being “family obsessed.” At first, I thought the term sounded odd. But as you went on, it sounds like you were encouraging women to know their family in a deep and meaningful way and to make home […]

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The Celebration of My Mother’s Death and Life

By on September 27, 2013 in Dear Dottie with 1 Comment
The Celebration of My Mother’s Death and Life

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning . . . .” (Eccl. 7:8) Death produces heart-felt sorrow and a vacuum every time it strikes. As the daughter of a funeral director and the wife of  a minister, I have been around death all of my life. In almost seven decades, I have […]

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More Extraordinary Joy!

By on September 20, 2013 in Dear Dottie with 1 Comment
More Extraordinary Joy!

In my conversation with Mom Kelley on the night before she left this earthly life, she promised that during her early morning prayer time she would pray for my daughter Carmen and the Bible study she leads in her church. Knowing my mother, I took for granted that this was not an empty promise. Typically […]

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