The issue of women’s ordination overshadows the unrestricted use of gifts in the church. Opportunities to use our gifts are still doled out based on sexist gender ideologies of what it means to be a woman or a man.
Crisscrossing both testaments, gender balance looks at the Bible in a way clearly contained within the text itself. It tempers patriarchy. It offers solace to those wounded by misogyny. It invites study and comparison.
Gender stereotypes and cultural conditioning make healthy male-female relationships difficult. As parents, mentors, and other parental figures, it’s our responsibility to teach and model mutuality to the next generation.
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.
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.
When translators choose to use “whore” throughout Ezekiel 16, they let readers think it’s okay to use words with inescapably derogatory connotations. And the true focus of the passage—apostasy—gets lost.