It’s time for our annual Top Ten list. And what a year it has been! In 2016 more than 236,000 people visited The Junia Project website – and we had over 916,000 page views*.
We are delighted that the #1 spot went to Cheryl Bridges Johns (Professor of Spiritual Formation and Christian Formation at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary), who penned an important message for the next generation of advocates. And props to Patrick Franklin (Associate Professor of Theology & Ethics at Providence Theological Seminary in Manitoba, Canada) for having two posts make the list!
So here are the Top Ten Posts written in 2016, followed by a brief personal note with some fun photos.
#1. A Letter to Young Christian Feminists Cheryl Bridges Johns
“We know now that while the arc of history bends toward justice, the pull of patriarchy, that darkest and most ancient form of human oppression, is strong. On the journey toward justice, there are times of retreat, backsliding and backlash. It seems you have entered the Fray during such a time.”
#2. 8 Ways to Rethink the Conversation about Singleness Karina Kreminski
“At a time when more people than ever are choosing to be single or simply end up that way, at a time when the church is telling people with a homosexual orientation that they must remain celibate, at a time when singleness should be encouraged as a viable option for serving God’s mission in the world, we evangelicals are fixated on the marriage relationship.”
#3. Why I Support Women in Church Leadership – in 30 Seconds Kate Wallace
“Perhaps we should allow women today to do as many things as the women of the Bible did.”
#4. Why 1 Timothy 2 Does Not Ban Women from Teaching or Having Authority Patrick Franklin
“An additional logical problem is that Paul seems to blame Eve, who was deceived, more than Adam who was not deceived but evidently disobeyed with full knowledge of what he was doing. Why is it worse to be deceived than to disobey blatantly? Are mistaken teachers worse than corrupt ones? Again, something is going on here, beneath the surface of the text, that Paul is doing when he draws on the creation account in Genesis.”
#5. 49 Seriously Good Blogs for Egalitarians Gail Wallace
“The groundswell of online support for the equality of men and women in the church is astonishing and encouraging! Not all of these will meet your individual needs – some will be too conservative and some too liberal. But there is definitely something for everyone here!”
#6. 10 Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Pastors David Scholer
“’A man’s place is in the army.’ So starts David M. Scholer’s satirical list of 10 reasons why men shouldn’t be pastors. Scholer’s purpose here is NOT to put men down, but to use satire to show that many of the arguments used to restrict women from pastoral roles are rooted in cultural expectations and gender norms.”
#7 No Words: A Lament for Women Kate Wallace
“What words are there to describe the deep, deep anger we feel when we see this happen again and again? When the story of what happened to a woman you’ve never met rocks you to the core and you can’t get out of bed in the morning? Because her story feels like yours, and your mother’s, and your daughter’s.”
#8 A Day in the Life of a Female Pastor Abigail Gaines
“Her journey to the altar took years of resistance to conformity, undoing of scripts, and pressing into God’s heart for her. It took hundreds of affirming words, a gazillion “that can only be God” moments, persistent theological reflection, and countless hours standing very still, allowing God’s presence to wash over her.”
#9 How Paul Turns Headship on It’s Head: Ephesians 5:21-33 Patrick Franklin
“We fail to see that life in the Spirit is Paul’s main focus if we only read verses 21-33 of Ephesians 5 (or worse if we begin at 22). Sometimes preachers are guilty of isolating the text in this fashion. For example, some appeal to this text as a kind of handbook for Christian marriages. Unfortunately, this misses the point of Paul’s discussion and ends up misapplying the text.”
#10 Why I’m at a Church that Does Not Support Gender Equality Lizzy Harford
“So here’s the skinny: I attend a church that believes there are certain roles meant solely for men; teaching, eldership, the usual culprits. But men and women are still equal, even though, you know, they can’t do the same things. So my friend asked, ‘Why are you at a church that doesn’t support the equality of both men and women?’ My answer? It’s complicated.”
A Personal Note
A lot happened for the administrative team at The Junia Project in 2016. Kate got married, adopted a dog, joined a church planting team, and applied for grad school. She’ll be starting at Azusa Pacific Seminary in January.
Gail walked Kate down the aisle along with her dad, welcomed an amazing new son-in-law and another grandson into the family, and started the ordination process with the Free Methodist Church. We were all relieved when our husband and father finished cancer treatment.
So here are some photo highlights of our year we wanted to share. Praising God for the blessings of everyday life and praying all the best to each of you in 2017!
*Stats updated on 12/31/16