PODCAST: New Testament Scholar Dr. Payne discusses what the Bible says about “headship.”

FREE BOOK CHAPTER (By Dr. Philip Payne)

Dr. Philip Payne has generously offered The Ezer Group a free copy of his book chapter What About Headship? From Hierarchy to Equality (Mutual by Design: A Better Model of Christian Marriage, Edited by Elizabeth Beyer, CBE International 2017).



Philip Barton Payne, author of Man and Woman, One in Christ, (PhD, Cambridge) has served with his wife Nancy with the Evangelical Free Church Mission in Japan for seven years. He has taught New Testament studies in Cambridge colleges, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Gordon-Conwell, Bethel, and Fuller, and is known for his studies on textual criticism, the parables of Jesus, and Paul’s teachings on women. He blogs at


Do you or a friend need a break from a hectic to-do list? The Ezer Group has created a prayer video to help center our souls. Download our free holiday prayer guide and give it to friend. To those of us feeling overburdened and frazzled, during this busy season, a prayer of Catherine Siena reminds us to lean into the Holy Spirit for strength. To those of us suffering, she points to the One who lifts us with never failing love. To those in need, she encourages us to look to our Divine Parent. Author Lisa Deam (Ph.D.) reads Catherine’s prayer. Artist Ann Chapin offers her magnificent painting, Madonna and Child Panel, to stir our imaginations. Merry Christmas 2017!

Lisa Deam writes about spiritual formation through the lens of history. She is the author of A World Transformed: Exploring the Spirituality of Medieval Maps and the host of, a website providing soul care to writers, where she often explores the prayers and other writings of women mystics. You can also find Lisa at, on Twitter @LisaKDeam, and on Facebook at

Ann Chapin studied with Vern Wilson from the Pasadena Art Center in the late 1980s and early 1990s, where she focused on figure painting and color theory.  After that, she started working traditional iconographic pieces, studying with the teachers in the Prosopon school in NY.  Currently she is working on how to portray the divine in more modern styles that will be more evocative to the Western eye.

Holiday Prayer Guide




For the launch of The Ezer Group, you will find downloadable note cards drawn by Idaho artist Heather Kozup. She invites you to give them with a note encouraging a friend in her/his gifts. Heather has also created three bookmarks with a challenge to read a new book, maybe even three. Stay tuned for other tools (webinars & more)!

“In the Beginning” Note Cards

Write an encouraging note to a friend! Print, color, trim (instructions included).


“Never Fail You” Bookmarks

 Read a new book, or three! Print, color, trim (instructions included).


The Ezer Group offers creative & practical tools to help women and men flourish in their communities. Periodically we post free tools designed to encourage each other as we spotlight the talents of different members. Stay tuned for other tools–webinars & more! No purchase necessary. All funds generated by tools of The Ezer Group apply to ministry partnerships through Life Together International (501 c-3). For more information, go to If you’d like to contribute a free tool to The Ezer Group, please email us here. Thanks!