Celebrating the ascension of Christ means celebrating his lessons, his teachings. Demonstrably, Christ gives us a cultural lesson found in the Gospel of John. It is a lesson in proper grieving, with Jesus responding to a sorrowful situation with a typically “feminine” attribute (a strong emotional reaction) and a typically male attribute (a show of power). The attributes are not mutually exclusive to one gender. Jesus mourns with Mary and Martha over the death of their brother and his friend Lazarus before raising him from the dead. This example is relevant today because Western culture allows for very strict definitions of what is considered appropriate displays of emotion from both sexes, but more emphatically, how males are allowed to show grief.
Emotional mourning...Read more
Grace Church began in 1991 near Indianapolis and has grown into a mega-church of about 6,000 weekly attendees. Their vision for an electric, passionate church has helped allow Grace Church to expand into a second location. On February 9, 2014, Grace Church boldly adopted an egalitarian stance on women in church leadership and people of their congregation and across the globe have been encouraged by their stance. We got in touch with Tim Ayers, the teaching pastor at Grace Church to learn more about the changes that have been made to their church currently and what these changes will mean for Grace Church as they move forward.
LEXI FRIESEN: What were the driving forces behind changing Grace Church’s stance to support women in leadership?
TIM AYERS: About ten years ago...Read more
Here are a few blog posts that caught my attention in the past fortnight.
“Perhaps Feminism is not the Enemy” by Michael Jensen (Bible Society – Australia)
This important article was written by an influential Sydney Anglican minister and college lecturer who states,
“…a Christian point of view has more in common with feminism than not. The profundity of the affirmation that male and female are created in the image of God is extended by the deep equality that male and female can share together in Christ Jesus.”
As an Australian, I am personally and deeply grateful for Michael’s article.
“Count Z and the Egalitarian Revival” by Rob Dixon (Challenging Tertullian)
Don’t let anyone tell you women preachers are a mod...Read more
In a world divided, the resurrection of Jesus Christ calls us to embrace and embody a new creation. We celebrate Jesus as the firstborn of that new creation. A prayer and vision of that rebirth is found in Jesus' high priestly prayer in John 17&m...
Like Mary waiting on Easter morning
regretting a dream she thought was dead
in a world whence God had seemingly fled
leaving her weeping, perplexed, forlorn,
but daring to ask “Where is the Lord?”
and hearing at last the holy word,
Easter brings to the egalitarian mind the fact that women were the first evangelists to proclaim the risen Lord. One of the gospel accounts attesting to this historical fact is Luke 24; verses 9-10 say, “…and returning from the tomb, the...
Have you ever been so discouraged you wondered if God had abandoned you? Have your problems ever mounted so quickly that you questioned God’s faithfulness and power to save you? I imagine Christ’s disciples must have felt that way as they...