Practically every lady who has ever done a bible study has heard of Beth Moore. With the recent fallout on the departure from her Southern Baptist roots (check out her tweets from 4/7/2021), I’ve decided to read three books around this ongoing hot topic of gender roles in the home,Continue Reading

Icons of Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Theology for Women’s Ordination is a compelling and capable defense of women sharing the full sweep of responsibilities for leadership in the Church. Despite the contention this topic breeds and the heat it generates, each chapter fairly and charitably rehearses arguments for and against women serving in church leadership. Author William G. Witt rigorously engages all the relevant biblical texts, along with traditional and contemporary testimony from Catholic and Protestant opposing voices. With philosophical and theological acumen, Witt applies careful historical, theological, literary, and exegetical analyses throughout, while keeping a practical focus on the Church.

Since the breadth and depth of this book is large, …Continue Reading

With keen precision and erudite scholarship, Andrew Bartlett pinpoints all the relevant arguments on both sides of the complementarian and egalitarian divide. For those willing to consider objective analysis and think carefully, Men and Women in Christ is the most accessible and capable treatment to date. It is sure toContinue Reading

Lucy Peppiatt notes in Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision for Women that common designations of “complementarian” and “egalitarian” do not adequately capture the tone and tenor of the two opposing camps typically offered in discussions around male/female roles. Instead she prefers the term “mutualists” over “egalitarians.” “For mutualists, all interactions of menContinue Reading

Ever wonder “what to say when someone says wives should submit to husbands”? Check out this excellent and very accessible post. The series also looks great. Here’s the conclusion, which is unpacked in the post so do take the time to read. To Sum Up, What Should You Say? “Head” doesn’t implyContinue Reading

Three books in particular (and countless journal articles) that made a huge impact on me and continue to rank among the most important in my position as a biblical egalitarian: 1) Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ by Cynthia Long Westfall. Listen toContinue Reading

Issues around gender roles in the home, the church, and the world have become secondary themes for most American evangelicals, largely due to the cultural, political, and social blitz around same-sex behavior and gender identity issues. Nevertheless, gender roles remain critically relevant for Christians all over the globe and Neither ComplementarianContinue Reading

This paragraph not only sums up much of I. Howard Marshall‘s masterful contribution to Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy, but has profound hermeneutical and pastoral implications. You’ll have to read the entire essay (pp 27ff) to feel the weight of what I’m getting at (hint: it’s not just aboutContinue Reading