King for a Week – The Purple Cellar

King for a Week is an honor I bestow on blogs that I feel are making a valuable contribution to my faith and the faith of other believers. Every two weeks (or so) I select a blog, link to it from my site, and add that site’s most recent headlines to my right sidebar. While this is really not much, I do feel that it allows me to encourage and support other bloggers while making my readers aware of other good sites.

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This week’s recipient of the award is The Purple Cellar, a site owned and operated by Lydia Brownback. Lydia works as an editor for Crossway. The Purple Cellar draws its name from Lydia of biblical fame (she was a purple seller. Get it?).

Lydia, a seller of an expensive clothing dye called purple, came to know the Lord through the ministry of the apostle Paul (Acts 16). In addition to managing a business and household, this zealous convert opened her home to the apostles in loving hospitality. So often the Proverbs 31 wife is the paradigmatic biblical female model, yet women living in today’s culture can find equally as much to emulate in Lydia. Although caught in the whirl of what surely was a hectic schedule, Lydia opened her heart to the Lord and her home to the saints with no ambivalence. The Purple Cellar is, therefore, named for her.

She describes the blog as being a place “for Christian women zealous for God’s glory, and anyone else who’d like to visit.” Lydia’s blog made me think. I know of several blogs written specifically by and for women. I have given many of them a King for a Week award. And yet I don’t know of any blogs written specifically by and for me and dealing with the difficult subject of biblical manhood. Perhaps there is an opportunity there that some wise and discerning man can take! Anyways, I digress. Though Lydia has not been blogging for long, she has already invested a lot of time and effort in the site and I can see that she is going to make a valuable contribution to the blogosphere. Though women are the primary audience, as a man I’ve enjoyed reading it and have benefited from it. I trust you will too.

In the coming days you will be able to see the most recent headlines from this blog in the sidebar of my site. I hope you will make your way over the site and look around.

I continue to accept nominations for King of the Week. If you have a site you would like to nominate, feel free to do so. Thanks to all who nominated this week’s honoree.