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Recently I commented on a Facebook post that I disliked the word “feminist/feminism” when used to describe what I would brand an evangelical egalitarian position (that men and women may serve equally in the home, the church, and the world as God has so apportioned and enabled them). Even when adding the adjective “evangelical” in front of “feminism”Continue Reading

I’m reading N.T. Wright’s latest popular installment entitled Surprised by Scripture and chapter 4, “The Biblical Case for Ordaining Women” caught my attention. Having read his stance on this issue in other writings, I expected not to be “surprised.” Though I wasn’t “shocked, amazed, stupefied, or bewildered” (all synonyms ofContinue Reading

I just finished reading through Craig Blomberg’s excellent Can We Still Believe the Bible?. It’s a tour de force that tackles topics such as the trustworthiness of our copies of the Bible instead of original manuscripts, canon of Scripture (both Old and New), King James Version controversies, inerrancy, historicity and genre,Continue Reading

Dear Complementarian: If you embrace the theological position that God the Son is eternally (read “permanently”) subordinate to God the Father and then ground your belief that submission of the wife to the husband is permanently true because of this theological position, then what does this text mean? At theContinue Reading

Scot McKnight gives Phil Payne’s Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters the highest recommendation saying “this is the most technically proficient study ever published on women in the Pauline texts.” What follows are links to each part in a 10-part summary seriesContinue Reading

Recently I was talking with a dear friend and brother in Christ when the topic of church leadership was mentioned. In our discussion I recalled this passage from Mark 10:35-45, which reads: Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you toContinue Reading

Dear Complementarian:If you hold to the theological position that God the Son is eternally (read “permanently”) subordinate to God the Father and then ground your belief that submission of the wife to the husband is permanently true because of this theological position, then what does this text mean? At theContinue Reading

Here’s a solid and balanced response to the sheer nonsense coming out of the extreme complementarian camp (yes, there are degrees of complementarianism). See also, Rachel Held Evans’s insanely sane treatment of the issues. Also, Matt Mikalatos jabs in “How Sesame Street is Undermining Biblical Values” “Strachan explains that thisContinue Reading

Graham Cole has written a keen and insightful essay entitled “WOMEN TEACHING MEN THE BIBLE: WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?”. In it he sketches out 7 considerations why women can teach men the Bible. Those considerations are: Consideration 1: Authority comes from God and his Word Consideration 2: 1 Corinthians 11:3 andContinue Reading