In the past week there has been a diversity of articles posted on the internet that somehow address biblical equality. Here are just a few of them.
“If my Daughter Wants to be a Priest” by Shawn Smucker (The High Calling)
“Maybe Lucy will be a priest someday, I thought to myself, and this was an entirely new thought. I was shocked that it hadn’t been something I had considered before. In no other church that we’ve ever attended have I or my daughters had an example of what that calling looks like for a woman. They could have grown older and had a stirring to lead God’s people, but without Reverend Lauren, without a living embodiment of what that looks like, would they have known what to do about it? Would they have even recognized it for what it wa...Read more
We’ve got a wonderful line-up of posts for you this week about marriage, men in ministry, women of the Bible, Jonathan Crombie (aka Gilbert Blythe), and peek at Carolyn Custis James’ new book Malestrom.
"Marriage is not a Democracy," by Tim Fall
“Marriage isn’t anything like a democracy. The Bible says that in marriage the woman and man become one, and that means they act together. There’s no tie-breaking vote because there’s no vote taken in the first place. It’s about working together at all times, mutually submitting to one another at all times, and going through life together at all times.”
"I Don’t Believe in Men in Ministry," by Patrick Oden
“I don’t believe in men in ministry beca...Read more
Here are a few blog posts that caught my attention in the past fortnight.
“Perhaps Feminism is not the Enemy” by Michael Jensen (Bible Society – Australia)
This important article was written by an influential Sydney Anglican minister and college lecturer who states,
“…a Christian point of view has more in common with feminism than not. The profundity of the affirmation that male and female are created in the image of God is extended by the deep equality that male and female can share together in Christ Jesus.”
As an Australian, I am personally and deeply grateful for Michael’s article.
“Count Z and the Egalitarian Revival” by Rob Dixon (Challenging Tertullian)
Don’t let anyone tell you women preachers are a mod...Read more
For this week's link up, I am featuring blog posts that focus on Holy Week and Easter. There are a lot to choose from! Enjoy these wonderful articles as you reflect on Jesus' death and resurrection this weekend. Not only can we celebrate Jesus' triumph over sin and death, but also the remarkable ways Holy Week shows us the vital role women played in Jesus' life.
The Annointing of Jesus at Bethany, by Kay Bonikowsky (The Junia Project)
"Anointing proclaimed kings, ordained priests, and heralded the Spirit’s work in the Old Testament. It transferred authority from God himself. The one who anointed and the ritual itself were recorded and lauded as defining moments. God chose this humble woman as His hand to anoint His Son as King."
Husbands, Cruci...Read more
Hello friends. I’m really excited about these great posts I found around the web recently. They speak great hope and great truth about egalitarianism, women’s history, and the Kingdom of God. Enjoy these posts about being a woman who leads, Christian feminism, the definition of manhood, women apologists, Christian sisterhood, and women leaders in the American colonies.
From around the web:
“Being a woman who leads… let me tell you why it’s worth it” by Stephanie Williams
“’I want to be a church speaker when I grow up,’ she stated with confidence.
I was so thrilled that all I could say was, ‘Wow!’
‘You are going to have to show me the ropes, and how everything works.’ She said with an ever-so-slight stru...Read more
Hello friends. I'm happy to share these excellent blog posts that celebrate biblical equality for men and women. You'll see posts about empowering women, the biblical hero Esther, women in the early church, and the argument for women preachers. We'd love to hear what you've been reading this week too! Thanks for sharing your finds in the comments.
“lifting heads, straightening backs.” by Kathy Escobar
"At this point I honestly don’t think words mean anything anymore in the conversation on equality. Telling women or anyone on the margins that “they matter to God” won’t make a difference on its own. What seems to be making the biggest difference is actually seeing and experiencing something different."
“A Woma...Read more
There have been some very encouraging articles posted on websites around the world this week, which, in some way, promote the equality of men and women in Christian marriage and ministry. Here are a few of them.
Reclaiming Eve: Idelette McVicker’s story (suzanneburden.com)
“If anyone is in Christ, she is a new creation…Substituting a ‘he’ for a ‘she’, for the first time ever in my life, I felt like I was meant to be included in those words, not stand outside of it. Always reverent, hopefully obedient, but always excluded.”
An Accidental Advocate (in one of the worst places in the world to be a woman) by Hannah Gaddini (The Junia Project)
This is the story of a 21 year old woman who went to the Democratic Republic of Congo to wor...Read more
Happy Friday! As you go about your weekend, whether you're enjoying a Valentine date or trying to avoid the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, or something else entirely, I hope you will take some time to read these great posts advocating for biblical gender equality in dating, small groups, the workplace, and more.
"I'm the Bomb: A Reflection on Dating" by Cara Strickland
"Honestly, I am pressed to find very many women in Scripture who did not initiate. These women were bold, they were thinkers and prayers, prophetesses, lovers, sisters and saints. I began to get glimmers of recognition. I began to resonate with what I was seeing and reading, as if something long asleep was coming alive."
"Fifty Shades Of Confusing: Searching For A #TrulyHuman Persp...Read more
I'm grateful for the following blog posts I found this week that explore biblical gender equality. You'll read about mutuality in marriage, two pastor spouses, a reflection on being a woman and a Bible major, the struggle to forgive Adam, and an exploration of 1 Corinthians 11:9.
My Parents: An Example Of Mutual Authority In Marriage by Jory Micah Peterson (The Junia Project)
"There are many principles in the Bible that can and should be taken literally because God is absolutely clear that some things are sinful. But my parents’ relationship of mutual submission and shared authority is far from sinful. They are closely connected, take long walks together often, and talk about everything. They make decisions together, respect one another...Read more
Hello friends! I'm happy to share these blog posts from the likes of April Fiet, Khristi Adams, Rachel Held Evans, and Mimi Haddad that advocate for biblical gender equality, as well as some great posts that were published recently on The Scroll. Thanks for being here!
“‘Dear Women, You Are Making Me Stumble’” by April Fiet
"Letters of shame like the one posted annually on my college campus, like any other impassioned plea for women to cover up to “keep men from stumbling,” are a way of passing the buck. And, they keep us from having healthy conversations about body image and lust because they are rooted in misconceptions about sin and human physiology."
“What Happens When Telling [Potential] Men that I’m a Pastor...Read more