Have you noticed that the internet has been flooded with voices supporting the egalitarian perspective lately? We have! It is remarkable to see the tide changing. We wanted give you a second chance to explore these resources in case you missed them this week. So grab a cuppa and settle in for some great reading.
The Paulcast: Kate Wallace Nunneley on Paul and Women
Junia Project Co-Founder Kate was interviewed by Kurt Willems on the Paulcast this week. This show looks at new perspectives on Paul, Jewish and Roman contexts for understanding his letters, and Paul’s relevance for us today. Give it a listen when you can!
Good stuff from Charlie and Ashley: “A ’real man’ will respect you, inspire you, and be inspired by you.” To be followed by “Three Traits to Watch Out for In a Girl”.
And did you know that Nick and Allison Quient have a podcast???
Check out the most recent episode from these veterans in the gender debate Episode 7: Christian Identity and Stories of Sexism or start with Episode 1: Introducing Gender Theology. We love it! Especially fun for theology nerds (and we say that lovingly).
FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE
Gender Roles Rooted in Creation? Margaret Mowczko
Marg has two MUST READ posts challenging the idea that since Adam was created first men have a greater authority than women. “Paul uses material from Genesis 2-3 in various ways to make various points. It’s important, however, to let the creation narratives speak for themselves. It is unsound to let Paul’s use of them in an illustration, or in an example or type, etc, unduly influence our understanding of the creation story.”
Adam was created first, and this means . . . Margaret Mowczko
“To link the notion of a soft patriarchy (or any kind of male-female hierarchy) to primogeniture is fraught with problems….while the custom of primogeniture was part of ancient Israelite society (which was a patriarchal society), the custom was not followed in many key families.”
Dear SBC: Stop the Mansplaining, Repent, and Ordain Women Jonathan Aigner
Aigner doesn’t mince words: “…there is systemic fear in the SBC that the pseudo-doctrine of “complementarianism”…will be shown for what it is: a sham, a farce, a contrived excuse for an injustice that defies any excuse. It’s time for Southern Baptist leaders, professors, pastors, and congregants to repent for their stance on this issue.”
Study: Female Pastors Are on the Rise Halee Gray Scott
An excellent analysis of recent research on pastors from the Barna Group. “One of every 11 Protestant pastors is a woman—triple as many as 25 years ago—yet women often lead smaller congregations than men. Though most pastors, regardless of gender, are satisfied with their role, female pastors are more likely than male pastors to wish they had been more prepared for the expectation they ‘must do everything’ and must do it ‘perfectly.’
There are more female pastors…but. By Karina Kreminski.
Another post on the Barna study…“I came across an article today that sounded very encouraging. Female pastors are on the rise. I skimmed to the section where this was mentioned just to be sure that I had not read wrongly. I hadn’t. There are more females as pastors than ever before today. This means that more women are stepping into leadership. But…There is always a but, and I should have been prepared for it.”
He Said I Could Preach in Pearls Kelly Delp
Moving and inspiring! “My dad putting a strand of pearls around my neck put him forever on one side of that line…He called my name for ordination with his own voice. ’I am in with this women in ministry thing,’ he said with those pearls. ‘My colleagues may disagree with me or lambast me, but I am all in. My daughter is ordained. And I am proud.’”
4 Ways Patriarchal History Tries To Erase Women Rachel Asproth
The first post in CBE’s Women’s History Wednesday series. “Women have been engaging in complex thinking for just as long as men, yet church fathers labelled women simple, shallow, and intellectually deficient. Indeed, Martin Luther said: “No gown worse becomes a woman than the desire to be wise.” Patriarchal history often paints women as inconstant, fleeting, changeable creatures.”
Why seeing women in ministry matters Leanne Friesen
“I have been a pastor for nearly 15 years, and I keep thinking that maybe we have turned a corner so that I can stop being an anomaly for so many people. However, while things continue to improve, I know in my heart that the corner is still there. I know that when I speak at many events that I don’t speak only as Leanne, or as the pastor of Mount Hamilton Baptist Church…I speak for all women pastors and leaders and teachers, whether I like it or not.” WORD!
Black Woman God #TheShack Jory Micah
Jory makes her case in this post for why we should support the movie. “The Shack is a real opportunity for Christians to support both women and people of color. It’s a chance to show the world that we are not sexist or racist at a time in which the world is truly questioning if we are.”
Mutuality Magazine: Fatherhood. Spring 2017 Christians for Biblical Equality
“In this issue of Mutuality, we glimpse an egalitarian vision of fatherhood, where fathers, like all God’s people, are freed to serve (and parent) according to their gifts, rather than gender ‘roles’.” Features articles by Junia Project contributors Eugene Hung and Rob Dixon!
Photo of the Week
Well, you don’t see this every day! On February 26th this father/daughter team of (Chuck and Cara) was appointed as co-pastors at Shawnee Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City. Fun fact – wife and mother Carla Sunberg is the President of Nazarene Theological Seminary. What a family!
In the News
Just in case anyone is wondering why we still need to advocate for women. An argument over sexism erupted in European Parliament when a lawmaker described women as smaller, weaker and less intelligent. And there was this discouraging (but not surprising) news in the U.S.: Domestic violence as grounds for divorce killed by committee chair. Ugh.
The Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit is coming in August. Women presenting on the main stage: Sheryl Sandberg (CEO Facebook), Juliet Funt (CEO, Whitespace at Work), Angela Duckworth (best-selling author), Immaculee Iibagiza (Peace Advocate and author). 128 countries, 400,000 expected to attend. And take a look at this creative conference trailer.
March is Women’s History Month!
Well, that’s what caught our attention this week! What did we miss? And let us know if this kind of post is helpful to you. Happy Weekend!