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.
Consistently focusing on women’s stories in the Bible helps break through its patriarchal cultural context to see women as God does. From Eve to Bathsheba to women today, all women have a role in the story of God.
As the one shepherding my congregation through worship, I want to make sure the songs we sing express the fullness of the Christian experience, including the female Christian experience. Who is writing the contemporary songs we sing? What backgrounds do they come from and, specifically, how many women are penning the church’s anthems? Not many.
As we follow Jesus, let us also expose and challenge the logic of patriarchy. May we lament the church’s complicity with dominance, and may we pursue authentic peace, humbly and persistently as Christ did.
In the first of several conversations sponsored by CBE and our 2021 London Conference partners in the UK, CBE president Mimi Haddad asked three keynote speakers to consider the spiritual and social consequences of theological patriarchy
My advice: Buy this book. Read it slowly. Chew on its words. Digest its content. Let its truths tutor your mind, penetrate your soul, and motivate you toward embracing, modeling, and conveying a more humble, Christlike expression of power.