To read Priscilla’s story through a lens of male-only leadership diminished her calling and also Paul’s. It also obstructs, demeans, and even abuses God’s welcome to women leaders and their male allies then and now!
Phoebe’s position in the church is debated. If she was a leader, some are sure she was an exception to the “rules” of 1 Cor. 14 and 1 Tim. 2. But what if Phoebe’s leadership represented the rule instead?
Remember Phoebe, and remember Priscilla, Lydia, Junia, and the many other women Paul called his coworkers, his equals. Remember Galatians 3:28. Remember the gospel of Jesus that Paul gave everything else up for.
Beth Moore has once again created waves in the SBC, perhaps for the last time. In a phone interview on March 5, she told the Religion News Service, “I am no longer a Southern Baptist.” While the SBC may view her departure as insignificant, they are deeply misguided.
There is no magical age at which a woman’s maturity and experience cancels out the discrimination she experiences based on her gender, so we need to talk about gender equality past the experiences of our youths.