Fuller Sermons Women of the Old Testament

Wisdom from the Women of the Old Testament

In this series of sermons, preachers reflect on women of the Old Testament and the wisdom their stories offer for the whole community of God.

Fuller Sermons Women of the Old Testament

“We lean on faithful actors who show us what it means to walk a faithful road.”

– Mark Labberton, on the story of Rachel

A Laughable Thing: Sarah

Mark Labberton speaks on the wonderful absurdity of our faith, that God makes promises and calls us to things beyond our own possibilities and capacities.

Mark Labberton is the Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair at Fuller Seminary.

A Call of Truth: Lady Wisdom

Rosa Cándida Ramírez hopes for the cries of Lady Wisdom to cut through the lies, fears, and silencing forces around us—and for us to participate in her proclamation of truth.

Rosa Cándida Ramírez is a pastor at La Fuente Ministries in the First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena.

Our Matriarchs: Mary

Gabriel J. Catanus speaks on how remembering and honoring the stories of our matriarchs helps us understand who we are and the Spirit’s ongoing work in us.

Gabriel J. Catanus is a scholar, community leader, and pastor at Garden City Covenant Church in Chicago.

“Why, O Lord?”: Hagar

Jenelle D’Alessandro preaches on the story of Hagar and encourages us about God’s redemptive and comforting presence in spaces of suffering and pain.

Jenelle D’Alessandro is a PhD student and director of partner content at Fuller.

A Witness to God’s Faithfulness: Rachel

Mark Labberton preaches on the story of Rachel and on the faithfulness and grace of God that undergird our unfolding narratives.

Mark Labberton is the Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair at Fuller Seminary.

Exposing Injustice, Reclaiming Dignity: Tamar

Ally Henny preaches on the story of Tamar, saying that we must find creative ways to expose oppressive systems so that people may flourish.

Ally Henny (MDiv ’20) is a writer and speaker.

She Who Hovers: The Spirit

Inés Velásquez-McBryde preaches on the Spirit of God who hovers over the chaos, leads us into healing, and invites us to participate in creation.

Inés Velásquez-McBryde is co-lead pastor of The Church We Hope For.

Renewed Vision: Leah

Mark Labberton reflects on how God sees us and pursues us, and on the way our own vision of ourselves and of the world might be aligned with God’s.

Mark Labberton is the Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair at Fuller Seminary.

Opportunities of Redirection: Miriam

Jennifer Ackerman looks at the story of Miriam in Numbers 12 and reflects on how God offers us chances to realign ourselves with God’s call on our lives.

Jennifer Ackerman is director of Fuller’s Micah Groups and of the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching.

Speaking Out: The Daughters of Zelophehad

Brad D. Strawn preaches on the story of the daughters of Zelophehad, a story of bold women speaking against injustice and inequity and of a God who enables and empowers.

Brad D. Strawn is chief of spiritual formation and integration, dean of the chapel, and Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology and Theology.

Sacred Allyship: Pharaoh’s Daughter

Delving into the Exodus passage of Pharaoh’s daughter taking in Moses, Brenda Bertrand preaches on the ways allyship makes justice and freedom possible.

Brenda Bertrand is a Fuller Seminary Chaplain.

Reisacher at All Seminary Chapel

These select sermons were drawn from Fuller’s All-Seminary Chapel services, between the months of September and February, during the 2021–22 academic year.