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Many lies have infiltrated the church's rhetoric on gender issues. These distortions and myths have personal and communal consequences for Christians. They directly impact the health and reputation of the body of Christ, and they hurt women. That’s why we need to set the record straight. So here are three lies the church tells women and why they’re so dangerous for us all. 1. You’re Causing Your Brothers to Stumble Have you ever imagined what it might be like to carry the weight of other people’s sins on top of your own? Women don’t have to imagine. That has been a part of the church rhetoric for centuries. History indicts women for supposedly having an indecent and consuming sexuality (Tertullian) and for the shamefulness of our bodies (Martin Luther... Read more
I attended a few weddings this past year that left me feeling a little uncomfortable with some small traditional details. When the pastor introduces the bride and groom as a married couple for the first time, he/she often refers to the couple as, “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith,” not “Mr. and Mrs. John and Mary Smith” or even “Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Mary Johnson” (if each partner chooses to retain their last name). The woman’s name is erased—completely removed from their identity as a couple. Her individual identity is swallowed up in his identity, as if her name and personhood no longer matter. Although many women do not generally continue to use their husband’s first name in place of their own after their wedding day, the tradition st... Read more
Seems like every few days, the Christian blogosphere produces a new article on the 5, 7, or 10 people Christians should avoid marrying. Some lists are great, but others are patriarchal beyond the point of absurdity. So my husband, Tim, and I made our own list. If you’re a woman looking for a partner, not a patriarch, here are some men to look for... 1.       Nobody Jesus wasn’t married. Why should you be? Single Christian women have been changing the world for millennia! 2.      The Jesus-lover This man loves Jesus. He takes his faith seriously and takes steps to connect with God in ways that are meaningful and unique to his personality. He seeks to model Jesus’ humility, gentleness, and compa... Read more