I just received and have begun reading Philip B. Payne‘s Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters. Scot McKnight gives it the highest recommendation saying “this is the most technically proficient study ever published on women in the Pauline texts.” The book is broken into multiple sections: chapters 1-3 are introductory, chapters 4-14 or Part 1 are grouped under “Exegesis of Paul’s Statements[ continue reading ]

Ben Witherington has a fine, high-level post on why women should be allowed every opportunity in the Church based upon their giftedness and not excluded solely because of gender. See his Why Arguments against Women in Ministry Aren’t Biblical. Needless to say and for the record, I’m a full-blown biblical egalitarian but do not see this as a show stopper for where or how I worship.[ continue reading ]