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Patriarchal beliefs in American evangelicalism regarding women and men’s roles are pervasive—even in egalitarian churches. This helps explain the exodus that begins when a woman enters a church as pastor.

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After decades of struggling to accept “her place” followed by learning what the Bible truly says about how women can lead, Julie discovered it wasn’t too late to embrace God’s call for her to preach.

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The story of Gideon helps us understand why there aren’t more women in ministry. When God called Gideon, he was reluctant and anxious and in hiding—and a mighty warrior.

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Before women can be equally represented in church leadership—especially as pastors and especially at egalitarian churches—they need more time, outside affirmation of their calling, and an opportunity to heal.

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Hierarchical marriage roles often give husbands an inflated sense of power and importance, but also leave them overwhelmed and exhausted. Husbands end up carrying a burden God intends husbands and wives to share.

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Despite verbal affirmation of women in ministry, women are often delegated to “safe” ministry with children rather than ministry that also works closely alongside men. This is not what God wants.

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The Bible is full of vivid maternal descriptions of God, yet many of us are still uncomfortable using maternal language to talk about God or to God. Reclaiming God’s feminine attributes helps us grow closer to God.

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We in the church have the responsibility to lead the charge in revolutionizing our misuse of gendered language. We have the clearest picture of how gender relations should be. We have the power to change the narrative.

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Hidden preconceptions cloud the behavior and language of our lives. One place this is clear is in how male pronouns and language dominate the language of educational settings, society, and the church.

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A deeper understanding of how the Finnish and German languages approach pronouns helps us see that it is possible to move past the nuances of language to the universal message of the Gospel.

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