There are so many great posts around the web proclaiming biblical equality. Here are some we noticed:
5 Ways Married Men Can Act Like Adults Around Women (Single or Not), by Luke Harms (Living the Tension)
It is possible to maintain eye contact without being skeezy. If you lack the self-control to do so, it’s because you sir, are a creeper.
But what’s more, you have so devalued women in your own mind that they don’t exist outside of the parts of their body that you find attractive.
The Many Female Followers of Jesus, by Marg Mowczko (The Junia Project)
Many women were dedicated followers of Jesus during his ministry on earth. Many of these women seem to have been independent of fathers and husbands, and some were independently wealthy. These women left the relative comfort of their homes and travelled in rough conditions to faithfully follow and serve their Lord. There is little doubt that Jesus welcomed these women and valued their ministry.
Parable, by Krisanne Swartley (Driven to Wonder)
Once upon a time, there was a man who felt drawn and called by God to seminary. After prayerful conversation with his family and faith community, he began to search for a school. He came upon a local school that shared his passion for the Mission of God in the world… it was, however, a seminary of predominantly female administrators, faculty and students.
Egalitarian Resources on 1 Timothy 2, by Nicholas Quient (Split Frame of Reference).
The one nice thing you can say about the evangelical debate over women in ministry is that there is no shortage of material to read. Having read over a dozen books combined on both sides as well as dozens of journal articles, I figured it was time to put forth some resources that helped me sort out the tension within Scripture.
This Week (and last week) on The Scroll
Global Voices on Biblical Equality is a remarkable book. It should encourage women who experience gender discrimination that improvements are being made and challenge and enlighten many men who are eager to help women find their voices.
To echo President Reagan’s prophetic declaration (and taking the liberty to add italicized words in parenthesis); “Across Europe (the world), this (gender) wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The (gender) wall cannot withstand freedom.”
Because ideas have consequences, it is critical to find ways of creating empathy among those who have not experienced marginalization because of gender. We need to help them cry with those who cry. For this reason, reformers throughout history recognized that the unique abilities of poets, artists, and writers could help everyday people feel the injustices of theological error.
So women are afraid to be a big deal. We’re told that we’re only worthy of the love we can attract. Maybe, we think, people would love us better if we faded so far into invisibility that we were hardly there.
As egalitarian Christians, we hold that this freedom is not truly realized unless all believing men and women are allowed to fully use their gifts for God’s glory. No husband or father can serve as a mediator between a woman and God, but only Jesus.
Let’s give words back their true meaning. Being equal must always and everywhere include shared authority. If that is not what is intended, then a word other than “equal” will have to be found.
Here are a few things I’ve learnt through having many discussions with people, in real life and online, on the sometimes sensitive issues surrounding the “roles” of men and women in Christian marriage and ministry.
Any other posts we should know about? Feel free to recommend blog posts that affirm biblical gender equality by sharing the title, author name, and URL in the comments.
*Note: Linking to these posts is not a CBE endorsement of previous or future written work or statements made by the authors.