This week many of us have focused on the miracle of the birth of our Savior and the vital role of Mary.
“And God made Joseph a feminist…” (The Evangelical Covenant Church’s Commission on Biblical Gender Equality)
“Joseph was willing to believe that God might choose to work through someone other than himself. Joseph had to be willing to hear that his calling was to come alongside the one God was working through.”
“Mary Consoles Eve” by Marg Mowczko’s (Newlife)
“…early church theologians emphasized Eve’s doubt, disobedience and pride as being instrumental in bringing sin into the world. Conversely, they highlighted Mary’s faith, obedience and humility as being instrumental in bringing salvation into the world.”
“The Women of Advent: Mary of Nazareth” by Roberta Mosier-Peterson (The Junia Project)
“…as this Advent season comes to a close, may we, like Mary, embody Christ and be faithful God-bearers to those around us.”
Mary’s Song (Luke 1:46-55) (YouTube)
Here is a one and a half minute video of eleven women pastors of the Presbytery of Los Ranchos reciting Mary’s Magnificat.
“Reclaiming Eve at Advent” by Suzanne Burden (Missio Alliance)
Suzanne Burden eloquently reminds us of the urgent need for equality of women with men.
“My heart is heavy because of the sheer lies we often believe about Eve and her daughters. I am sad and sickened that our perceptions and theology often color girls and women as those who are easily deceived, dangerous and inferior. For I believe that the insidious nature of this deception lies not in a “women are called to a different sphere but are still equal” mentality, but instead reflects a denial of the image-bearing power and potential of every girl and woman made to reflect God and represent his interests.”
And here are a couple of links to articles related to the topic of women in ministry:
“Good News: Women in Ministry” by Scot McKnight (Jesus Creed)
Scot has posted several stories from women in leadership ministries this week.
“Concerning Women’s Ordination: A Presbytera is not a “Priestess” (Part 1: Old Testament Priesthood)” by William Witt
This article is another installment in William Witt’s occasional series critiquing different arguments against women’s ordination. This is a long post but definitely worth a read.
What articles about biblical gender equality encouraged you this week? Share them with us in the comments!
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