It has been another interesting couple of weeks out there in cyberspace so we’ve put together another links post for your weekend reading. Here are the things that caught our attention.
Easter is almost here!
Who Were the Women at the Foot of the Cross? Gail Wallace
We were pleased to have this Lenten reflection published on the Seedbed blog. “Women were present at the crucifixion and death of Jesus, and some of those women were also at the burial and the empty tomb. Who are these women followers and what can we learn from their example of discipleship?”
Gone Girl: Disappearing Women from “The Easter Hymn” Beth Allison Barr
The popular Easter Hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” once highlighted the women at the tomb but that verse later disappeared. “Women to the tomb bring spices as gifts, See a white angel announcing joy. Women O trembling into Galilee proceed, To disciples they declare, that the king of glory is risen.” Any song writers out there want to bring it back?
Disciples Still Waiting For News Of Resurrection The Thistlette
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — Cloistered in their home with only leftover bread and wine and their newly acquired Netflix subscription, the disciples of Jesus of Nazareth are still waiting to learn information on the fate of their leader…Apparently, Magdalene’s early attempts to proclaim the good news were blocked.”
Mark Driscoll’s Cinderella Story Carolyn Custis James
Mark Driscoll is back and still getting it wrong. Ruth, not Boaz, is the hero of this story. “Driscoll needs to realize that the Bible is not a Disney movie, but an earthshaking existential confrontation with the deepest issues of life in a fallen world and of the hope that is Jesus.”
A trio of male runners sacrificed their own race time to help a fatigued woman cross the finish line of a half-marathon in Philadelphia after her knees buckle. Watch the 30 second clip here. So much symbolism here!
Meet Those Who “Love Jesus but Not the Church” The Barna Group
Startling research: Women now make up the greatest % of those who have left the church. This was not the primary focus of the study and so the discussion on women is lacking, but at least we have stats showing what we’re hearing from readers.
The Apostle Junia Bridget Jack Jeffries
A well-researched post – was Junia an apostle or simply well known to the apostles?
Complementarians and Single Women Marg Mowczko
“Even though complementarians continually say that Christian men and women are equal in value, their actual beliefs reveal a gender hierarchy with women, especially single women [and childless, married women] being on lower rungs.”
Resources for [Women] Preachers by [Women Preachers] Gail Wallace
Our most recent post previews three books on preaching, some podcasts, and links to women preaching. Women need to be prepared for the opportunities that are most certainly coming in the future.
“Because in some ways, too, women are trained to be submissive and to be grateful for what they have received and to not rock the boat—and to serve . . . To go and say, ‘I want $10,000 more dollars because I think that’s fair based on x, y, and z’—in some ways, it doesn’t feel Christian to do that.”
Why Big Churches Aren’t Led by Women Madeleine Davies
“Women may be caught in a double bind, it suggests: ‘Married applicants are preferred for incumbencies of large churches, but married female clergy find it more difficult than their male counterparts to take up such posts because of family responsibilities’. “
Should Women Lead Churches and Preach? Mark Keown
“A blog explaining why I passionately defend women in all forms of ministry in an uncluttered way.”
Biblical Equality and the Letters of Paul Mimi Haddad
“The oneness Paul evokes in Galatia is not access to spiritual renewal (soteriology) because they were already believers. What Paul is calling for is the functional and ethical renewal (ecclesiology) of newness in Christ. They were born again, but now they needed to grow up!”
The Billy Graham Rule dominated social media this week.
Here are just a handful of the posts written after it was reported that VP Mike Pence follows this practice of not meeting with women alone.
The problem with “don’t eat alone with women”: good character is better than strict rules Karen Swallow Prior
“I would be unable to serve half of my students if I had a rule not to meet with a man alone, and the same would be true of my male colleagues and their students.”
An Open Letter to Men Who Broke the Billy Graham Rule Tish Harrison Warren
“You did not see me as a sexual threat to be avoided, but as a human being, even a sister. And you were safe. You never hit on me. You never made me feel weird or uneasy.”
Holiness and the Billy Graham Rule Carolyn Moore
“Please don’t relegate gifted, driven, faithful women to the B-team because of fears, temptations or a lack of motivation toward holiness. Men of God, be holy as your Father in Heaven is holy.”
“But good intentions do not always produce helpful consequences. In this case, the Billy Graham Rule risks reducing women to sexual temptations, objects, things to be avoided.”
From the JP archives.
And finally, this interesting tidbit…
Apparently Billy Graham broke his own “rule” in order to eat lunch with Hillary Clinton. Hmmm…
And because sometimes you just need to hear women lead worship…
Bethel Music released “Starlight”, featuring female worship leaders Jenn Johnson, Steffany Gretzinger, Amanda Cook, Kristene DiMarco, Kalley Heiligenthal, Melissa Helser, Hannah McClure, and Francesca Battistelli. Preview the album here. Your welcome!