Has it occurred to you that, on some level, the current gender debate comes to this–Do women have permission to talk about Jesus or the Bible?
A friend of mine is a well-known missionary. Her passion for Jesus is plain to all. A prolific writer and speaker, her research enjoys global respect. When asked whether as a woman she should be allowed to teach or preach the good news, my friend said this:
Very few people object when I speak or teach on topics such as writing and publishing, or on missions or gender. However, the more Scripture I engage as I explore these, the more unbiblical I am viewed, and the more criticism I receive. This doesn’t make any sense!
The Gospel is something to be shared! And, as our verse for our Toronto conference says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news,”regardless of their size, color, or gender! Our Toronto conference on gender and missions, to be held July 18-20, 2008, will consider the importance of biblical equality and its impact on evangelism and missions. I hope to see you there!