What follows is an excerpt from a paper presented by Dr Kevin Giles at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society during the panel discussion titled “The Trinity: Submission and Subordination in the Trinity”. I was fortunate to attend, but did not show up until well into Dr. Gile’s presentation. The four presenters were Dr Bruce Ware, Dr Millard Erickson, and Dr Wayne Grudem, with Dr Sam Storms presiding.[ continue 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 Complementarian nor Egalitarian is a vital and valuable read in this space. Vital, I say, because as the subtitle suggests, it[ continue reading ]

Michelle Lee-Barnewall has added considerable weight to a complex and controversial divide within evangelical circles arguing that the way forward is to first step back in the gender debates. Both sides in the discussion need to get a biblical grip on the relevance of kingdom values as they relate to gender talk. I can say at the outset that this point alone got my attention and it makes the book especially important. Without[ continue 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 about egalitarianism, either). A recognition of the fully egalitarian implications of scriptural teaching thus takes place at the level of the[ continue reading ]

Darren O. Sumner has a very nice contribution to Advancing Trinitarian Theology titled “Obedience and Subordination in Trinitarian Theology”. In critiquing Barth’s thesis that God the Son is eternally subordinated to the God the Father, Sumner writes: The distinction between ontological and functional subordination finally rests upon a metaphysical division between God’s being and act. As Scott Swain and Michael Allen put it in a recent essay on this topic: “mode of[ continue reading ]

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11:2-3 I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. There’s a really good post over at the Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight, who captures Lucy[ continue reading ]