This issue of Mutuality celebrates the work of the Holy Spirit through brave and faithful women and men who understand that what matters is the God we serve and not our own comforts, even in the face of resistance from the…
I never heard a woman preacher until I joined the charismatic movement in the 1970s. It took a while for me to get used to the idea, since the church I grew up in taught that women were most spiritual when they were silent.
My college conversations gave me great insight into human nature: as fallen creatures, we are resistant to change. We prefer the familiar, the safe, the known. And because of this, I think we can be at risk for missing how the Holy Spirit is moving in our midst.
Tucked away in the story of the growth of the church, a few verses in Acts 16 detail how a top Christian leader endangered both himself and his ministry for the sake of a person with all the counts against her.
But for those of us steeped in the history of early egalitarians, the political prominence women enjoy today can be understood as a direct extension of the gains earned for women by early evangelicals and their biblical support for women’s suffrage.