Alan Johnson, emeritus professor of New Testament and Christian ethics at Wheaton College (Illinois), has put together autobiographical accounts of twenty-seven evangelical leaders, both men and women, from many denominations.
I am excited to present this issue of Mutuality, full of stories of individuals who found biblical equality. I am confident that they will encourage and challenge you, and point you to the One who changes us, just as they did for me.
A few years after we married, it became apparent that a shift was occurring in our denomination. We began hearing from our leaders and teachers that Scripture prohibited women from leading in church or home, and that God wanted men to be the authority in all matters.
At the age of six, I was known to climb on top of snow banks in Ontario, Canada and proclaim the gospel. Whenever people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, without hesitation I said, “A pastor.”
Besides the inspiring story, what I appreciated most about The Blind Side is that a Christian woman is portrayed as something other than a meek and mild subordinate, glitzy sidekick, or an anemic “helper.”
Growing up in the church, “I didn’t sense that women were oppressed,” author and seminary professor Cleophus J. LaRue admitted. The Baptist church he attended was made up of 75% women, and they served in many leadership positions.