Book Review

Priscilla: The Life of an Early Christian

Submitted by Margaret on Mon, 11/09/2020 - 09:29

Author Profile

Ben Witherington III is Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, near Lexington, Kentucky, where he has taught since 1995. He is the author of over sixty academic and popular books, including the Christianity Today award-winning The Jesus Quest (1995) and The Paul Quest (1998) as well as commentaries on the entire NT.

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry

Submitted by Margaret on Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:45

I wish I had read this book the very first day I assumed leadership at CBE International. Trained as a historical theologian, there was very little in seminary or graduate studies that prepared me for the spiritual, emotional, and psychological challenges of this work. What is worse, every weakness I had innately possessed or acquired through my upbringing and beyond added to the sinkholes I faced. Nearly at a breaking point, a board member suggested this book. It was exactly what I needed.

Icons of Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Theology for Women’s Ordination

Submitted by Margaret on Wed, 10/07/2020 - 09:41

In his book, Icons of Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Theology for Women’s Ordination, William Witt offers a comprehensive challenge to the theological basis for male-only leadership in Protestant and Catholic traditions. While each tradition differs in its theological support for male-only church leaders, Witt exposes the devaluations of women at the level of being (ontological), a failure fundamental to both camps.

Men and Women in Christ: Fresh Light from the Biblical Texts

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:55

Andrew Bartlett’s Men and Women in Christ is a tremendously helpful contribution to the debate that rages in evangelicalism over the “roles” of women. Bartlett is concerned that the sharp divide between complementarian and egalitarian viewpoints has harmed the unity and witness of the church. He has a degree in theology, but his career has been in the field of law and his specialty has become arbitration. A judge or arbitrator is different from a lawyer.

The Gospel According to Eve: A History of Women’s Interpretation

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:48

The gospel is indeed good news for women. However, as Dr. Amanda W. Benckhuysen observes, it also “tends to come to women with strings attached.” Men may be free in Christ, yet “women assume the yoke of a new law—restrictions and requirements assigned to them” by virtue of their gendered status as the “weaker vessel.” To depart from this gender ideology “is to reject God’s divine commands and undermine the authority of God’s Word, the Bible” (1–2).

Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose

Submitted by Margaret on Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:14

Aimee Byrd’s book, Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, is an invitation for churches to identify and move beyond the negative impact of the biblical manhood and womanhood movement. In Byrd’s opinion, this movement was the response of some Christian denominations to the sexual revolution of the 1960s that sought to create parameters around appropriate expressions of what it means to be male and female. She is inviting church leaders to identify and correct any areas of inequality in training women to participate in church ministry.