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On July 18, 2014

We came across these fantastic blog posts advocating for biblical gender equality. What an encouragement. I hope you will be encouraged, too.

Changing My Mind on Women in Ministry, Part 2, by Mark Moore (Missio Alliance)

I know that many of you are in the same place I was. You are worried that if you change your mind on a doctrine, like the role of women in ministry, it will mean that you have sold out and become a liberal. Fine. Don’t change your mind. Nobody is forcing you to do so, especially not Jesus. However, I do believe that Jesus is asking the church, his bride, to love one another and to be open to listening to one another.

1 Corinthians 14 & Women's Silence in the Church, by Mark Kubo (The Junia Project)

Paul affirms the right of women to lead, speak, and teach the entire church during public worship.

To see it otherwise is terribly faulty and holds dire consequences for the integrity and health of the church.

Relationships of Welcome, Not Fear, by Karina Kreminski (Missio Alliance)

If men are being told to practice avoiding eye contact or the implication is to be fearful in connecting with women, then women will continually be viewed as the problem to be pushed to the side and will be further isolated from being fully involved in the life and ministry of the church. Less ministry opportunities are given to women in this kind of atmosphere.

What we talk about when we talk about women in church: part four, by Suzanne Burden 

Yet through and through, God weaves a story of mutuality, of giving and receiving, of partnering, shared leadership and strength in Genesis 1 and 2. Both humans are given agency to act on behalf of God’s interests.

This Week On The Scroll

Wives, 'Respect' Your Husbands, by Trevor Sykes

Perhaps, just perhaps Paul’s encouragement to the wives here is to ‘respect’ their husbands who are transitioning into the kind of men that are true followers of Jesus and who display the fruit of the Spirit.

Egalitarians and Complementarians: One Gospel, Two Worldviews, by Mimi Haddad

Christians today are divided over patriarchy like they once were over slavery. We celebrate one gospel, but through different worldviews, each corresponding to differing beliefs concerning the Bible’s teachings on the nature, purpose, and value of humanity, all based on gender.

The Christian Walk, by JDM

In Ephesians 5:21, Paul instructs Christians to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Mutual submission is indeed good advice for the Christian walk. Why worry about who defers to whom? Instead, submit to one another and everyone wins.

 

Any other posts we should know about? Feel free to recommend blog posts that affirm biblical gender equality by sharing the title, author name, and URL in the comments.

*Note: Linking to these posts is not a CBE endorsement of previous or future written work or statements made by the authors.

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