[NOTE: This article was first published by Bible Study Tools on 5/23/19. I have to say this was one of the most joy-filled and rewarding things I have ever written. The more I kept searching through the Scriptures, the more these examples of women in essential leadership roles and significant theological concepts kept coming out. The … Continue reading The Bible has much to say about the value of women in the Church. So much.
How might you handle a minor disagreement with someone if you knew it would be remembered and talked about two thousand years later? As Paul closed out the letter to the Church at Philippi, a church that we could argue was as healthy and effective as any we find in the New Testament, he mentioned … Continue reading A Word about Conflict in Church
The venerable fourth century pastor John Chrysostom faced a predicament. A group of widows had become some of the most prominent leaders in the church at Antioch, and their influence was increasing. Though he described them as "cherished," they had also grown increasingly vocal which apparently had created some conflict. In a surprising show of … Continue reading A Time to Listen
For those who have, or have not, been following the firestorm surrounding comments regarding domestic violence that were made by Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), I would like to address a distinct aspect of this controversy that could easily be overlooked. First of all, it is right to both oppose and … Continue reading Radical Complementarianism: The View of Women Underlying Current Controversy
Jewish men would often pray this morning prayer: "Thanks be to God that He did not make me a Gentile, that He did not make me an ignorant slave, or a woman."(1) Paul's words in Galatians 3:28 seem to purposefully upend this prayer: (In Christ Jesus) There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor … Continue reading The Apostle Paul changed his mind about women…perhaps someday we will too.