Update 2/16/16: Readers suggestions have been added at the end of the post under “Discovered After Publication”. Keep those references coming!
In June of 2014 The Junia Project published a short list of blogs and other sites for egalitarian readers.
Today we’re pleased to give you a list of 49 blogs that regularly advocate for the egalitarian viewpoint along with a number of other notable mentions.
Many are new voices while others have a long history of advocacy. 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! (See the editor’s note at the end for the criteria used to make up the list.)
Explore and enjoy.
MUST READ BLOGS
If you are serious about learning about or advocating for the shared partnership of women and men in the church and home you need to subscribe to these blogs!
Christians for Biblical Equality Scroll A multi-author blog published by the flagship egalitarian organization, CBE. Staff writer Rachel Asproth has been on fire lately. New content is posted several times a week and features many authors on this list.
Jesus Creed|Scot McKnight McKnight is a professor at Northern Seminary and author (The Blue Parakeet, Junia is Not Alone) who advocates for the egalitarian position and frequently makes his platform available for others to do so as well.
The Junia Project Gail Wallace and Kate Wallace Nunneley manage this multi-author blog with the sole purpose of advocating for the egalitarian position and its practical applications in the church and in the home. (Excuse the shameless plug – we’ll make it worth your while!)
New Life Blog|Marg Mowczko Biblical scholar and church historian Mowczko writes extensively on the biblical basis for equality of men and women in marriage and ministry. Her well-researched posts present the egalitarian case with excellence.
NEW ON THE SCENE
We love the passion and fresh perspective of these new bloggers – read for inspiration!
Ashley Easter Easter advocates for gender equality in the context of writing that emphasizes freedom from legalism, abuse, and spiritual, emotional, and physical poverty.
Jory Micah: Breaking the Glass Steeple Jory Peterson (MA in Biblical Studies) blogs with passion about her experiences as a woman in the church and dream to see women universally embraced as leaders.
Just Charlie Charlie Grantham is a 20-year-old college student who regularly blogs about Christian feminism, Jesus, and current events.
Kelly Ladd Bishop Bishop is dedicated to a biblical view of gender that sees women and men as equal in value, giftedness, and roles. Also writes for the Huffington Post. M.Div. from Gordon Conwell Seminary.
Tara Beth Leach a Nazarene Pastor and a student at Northern Theological Seminary, Leach writes with passion and conviction in support of women.
This Brother|Greg Hahn Hahn writes about his understanding of egalitarian theology and experience from the perspective as a brother who fully supports his sisters in Christ.
BEST OF THE REST
The breadth, depth, and scholarship represented by these authors from diverse perspectives and backgrounds is outstanding! Be sure to take advantage of these rich resources.
Ain’t I a Woman: Deconstructing Christian Images Kendra Weddle Irons (Texas Wesleyan University) and Melanie Springer Mock (George Fox University) reflect on the messages Christian culture sends to women. Authors of If Eve Only Knew.
Amy F. Davis Abdallah Inspiring writing from this theology and bible professor at Nyack College who has studied women’s rites of passage.>
Amy R. Buckley Writer, speaker, and women’s activist Buckley is a contributor to “Strengthening Families and Ending Abuse: Churches and Their Leaders Look to the Future” and serves on the board of Life Together International.
At the Table with April Fiet A pastor, writer, wife, and mom who writes fairly regularly about issues related to women in the church.
The Beautiful Kingdom Warriors Ruth Perry and Becky Buck seek to empower Christian women as co-warriors with their brothers in God’s Kingdom.
BLT Bible|Literature|Translation Multi-author blog with strong scholarship on the egalitarian position, especially in the area of biblical translation and linguistics.
Biblical Personhood Personal reflections by Retha Faurie, “because Christianity is bigger than Biblical manhood or womanhood”.
Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil Associate professor at Seattle Pacific University, author of Roadmap to Reconcilation, speaker and thought leader with a wealth of experience in the field of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation.
Challenging Tertullian|Rob Dixon An Intervarsity staff member, husband, father of 4, and doctoral student at Fuller Seminary, Dixon regularly challenges sexism.
Commission on Biblical Gender Equality|Evangelical Covenant Church A multi-author blog supporting gender equity/justice in ECC churches managed by pastor and women’s advocate Brian Wiele.
Enough Light: Laura Martin Martin is a Christ-following seminary graduate who writes with depth about the spiritual life in general as well as egalitarian thought.
God’s Design Perth Chaplain Bronwen Speedie helps Christians discover the biblical truth of the equality of men and women,
Ishshah’s Story A collaborative effort between four women with a passionate desire to see women released into the fullness of who they are in Christ. Ishshah is the Hebrew word for woman (Genesis 2).
Jenny Rae Armstrong A pastor, author, mom of four, and student at North Park Seminary who is passionate about justice and mercy. Her Equally Yoked series features about 30 posts on egalitarian marriage.
J.W. Wartick| Always Have a Reason Wartick holds an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and presents some great arguments for equality. Use the search term “egalitarian” for 43 related posts.
Kathy Escobar Escobar is the co-pastor of The Refuge church in North Denver and a trained spiritual director who advocate for friends in hard places, including women.
Kathy Khang Khang is a writer, speaker, and Intervarsity staffer who blogs about the intersections of faith, culture and gender, especially as it relates to the Asian American experience.
Kimberly Majeski: Scholar, Storyteller, Activist An associate Professor at Anderson University and the CEO of Stripped Love (ministry to women in the sex trade) Majeski has great insight on women in the bible, egalitarian theology, and related issues.
Missio Alliance Blog Multi-author blog with strong support for women’s equality. Look for posts by Amy F. Davis Abdallah, Carolyn Custis James, Karina Kreminski, Mandy Smith, Mark Moore, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, Tara Beth Leach, Ben Witherington and more.
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson Robinson writes about mentoring, reconciliation, and biblical justice (including gender justice). She is the founder of Leadership LINKS, a non-profit org raising up the next generation of faith leaders. Find the blog under Resources.
The Preacher Girls Five female senior pastors with diverse denominational backgrounds blog about the Christian life and ministry leadership. There are some interesting guest posts about being the pastor’s husband.
Quite Irregular|Jem Bloomfield on Culture, Gender and Christianity Bloomfield teaches at the University of Nottingham. Posts include research on gender and how biblical texts are used to focus cultural authority. (One of Gail’s favorites!)
Rachel Held Evans The author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church, RHE (as she is affectionately known) has good content on egalitarian theology here. Although she doesn’t write regularly on the topic these days, you can count on well-written commentary from Rachel when the issue comes up in news and culture.
Sarah Bessey Our favorite Pentecostal preacher and author of Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women and Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith, Bessey often writes from the Christian egalitarian perspective, with special attention to the experiences of parenting and leading in the church.
Seedbed This multi-author blog sponsored by Asbury Seminary regularly features posts in support of the full inclusion of women in church and society.
Sister Mary Dandelion This sister, wife, theologian, ordained minister writes often about women’s equality.
Soulation|Jonalyn Fincher Fincher and her husband write about spirituality, sexuality, and cross gender friendship from an egalitarian perspective.
Suzanne Burden Graduate of Grace Theological Seminary and part-time pastor, Burden coauthored Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God.
Tiffany Thomas Pastor Thomas passionately and honestly engages the faith experience from the viewpoint of a woman of color and senior pastor.
Tim’s Blog: Just One Train Wreck After Another Tim Fall regularly advocates for women on his personal blog in a very engaging and entertaining way. A Junia Project favorite.
Whitby Forum|Carolyn Custis James James is a speaker and prolific author (Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World is her most recent), and a long-time advocate for women in the church. MDiv from Gordon Conwell.
Women Biblical Scholars Profiles, interviews, and book reviews that spotlight the contributions of women biblical scholars.
Young Clergy Women Project New articles every week from the younger generation of clergywomen under the tab Fidelia’s Sisters Magazine
Suzanne McCarthy McCarthy passed away in June 2015 after a battle with cancer. An authority on biblical translation and written language systems, she was a staunch advocate for women, often leaving clarifying comments on The Junia Project. Suzanne wrote extensively about Junia (the female apostle commended by Paul in Romans 16:7).
MORE TO EXPLORE
While the main focus of these blogs and/or websites is not to advocate for the egalitarian viewpoint, they do address it enough to make it worth exploring the archives.
Baptist Women in Ministry Organizational blog advocating, connecting, networking, and sharing experiences and resources for women church leaders.
Bronwyn Lea This SAHM, Bible teacher, writer shares thoughts and opinions on a variety of topics related to women.
Christ and Pop Culture A multi-author site encouraging “a biblical presence within culture characterized by nuance and appreciation while resisting extremes of thoughtless condemnation and uncritical embrace”. Search for “women”.
Christian Egalitarian Marriage|Kristen Rosser No recent posts, but Rosser has a great backlog of current content on marriage.
Deo Favente: Pastor Graham’s Blog Check out Pastor Ware’s ongoing series “Recovering FROM Biblical Manhood and Womanhood”.
Equality in Christ Author and women’s advocate Bob Edwards has a number of posts about equality on this site.
Euangelion|Michael Bird A Lecturer in Theology at Ridley Melbourne College, Bird writes about scripture, evangelicalism, and the church, often from an egalitarian perspective.
Experimental Theology|Richard Beck Chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. See “reflections on gender and the church” as well as his excellent series on the spirituality of St. Therese of Lisieux.
Free Methodist Feminist Studies and opinions about Biblical feminism and historical overviews of early Free Methodist women.
Full Rights of Sons Former missionary teacher and church planter Kathryn Stegall (Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary) blogs about the egalitarian perspective from a conservative, biblical viewpoint.
Gifted for Leadership|CT’s Leadership Journal Not overtly egalitarian, but many writers present the egalitarian perspective in their posts. Search “women”
Halee Gray Scott Scott is the author of Dare Mighty Things: Mapping the Challenges of Leadership for Christian Women and a frequent contributor to Her.meneutics. Her posts under the category Invisible Army Project highlight the contributions of women in the church.
The Happy Surprise|Kay Bonikowsky This wife, mother of three and M.Div. student has an extensive catalog of writing on egalitarianism. “Women are vital to God’s kingdom work, no strings attached”.
Hermeneutics|CT Christianity Today’s online journal for women regularly features authors writing from an egalitarian perspective (though not exclusively).
The Historical Christian|Dan Salyers Salyers has a wealth of church history on his site in addition to this link to a collection of posts on women in church history.
In Christus Former pastor and professor of philosophy and religious studies Paul Adam has written 53 posts on egalitarianism. You’ll also find 11 posts on Philip Payne’s scholarship (Man and Woman: One in Christ).
Istoria Ministries Blog|Wade Burleson A Southern Baptist Pastor, writer, and historian, Burleson often advocates for women in the church and opposing the official SBC position.
Kelly Delp Delp writes thoughtfully about ministry and being a single women, as well as travel, cooking and other topics.
Kyria Network This cross-denominational blog takes seriously their mandate to encourage, equip and release women to take up the roles of leadership God is calling them to. Posts are mostly related to leadership development.
Magnifications Theological reflections (many about women in the Bible) written by women from the Churches of Christ managed by Amy Bost Henegar, MDiv from Fuller, 20+ years of professional ministry.
Michael Hanegan The focus in this collection of posts is on promoting gender equality in the Churches of Christ
Naked Pastor The cartoon ministry of David Hayward may be too raw for some, but his art hits the target with a force that words cannot imply, especially on the topic of women in the church.
Nate Sparks Sparks is a stay at home dad who engages theology and biblical scholarship in his spare time and is an advocate for gender equality.
Project WOW (Women in Worship) Discussion and encouragement related to being a woman in worship ministry as well as resources and opportunities for community. No search function, category or archive lists, but worth a visit if you lead worship.
Sarah Christine Schwartz Talbot Seminary student, thoughtful writer, women’s advocate, friend of TJP.
Simply Church|Felicity Dale Dale is a physician and church planter involved in the house church movement, and the author/editor of The Black Swan Effect: A Response to Gender Hierarchy in the Church.
Slacktivist|Fred Clark A graduate of Eastern Baptist Seminary (now Palmer Seminary), Clark formerly worked in journalism and the parachurch nonprofit world and often advocates for women.
Sojourners Committed to social justice and peace, the Sojourner blog “explores hidden injustices in the world and seeks the truth informed by biblical roots”. Large archives of articles on gender equality and women and church.
Sophia Network This UK organization publishes an online monthly blog/journal that champions the full equality of women and men in the church and provides leadership development resources for women.
Spiritual Sounding Board Julie Anne blogs about spiritual and other types of abuse in the church and provides helpful resources.
Split Frame of Reference Fuller Seminary student Nick Quient is a staunch supporter of women in ministry leadership.
The Wartburg Watch This site examines news and trends that affect the faith in the public square, with an emphasis on church conflict, spiritual abuse, and hyper-authoritarian polity.
Wordgazer’s Words|Kristen Rosser Rosser is on a break from blogging to write a novel, but see the topic index on her home page for a catalog of related posts.
*ADDED AFTER PUBLICATION
Christian Feminist Daddy New blogger Steve writes about his egalitarian approach to raising daughters.
The Churched Feminist A licensed minister with graduate degrees in biblical and religious studies blogs with a particular emphasis on affirming the experiences of Black women in the church.
The Great Adventure|Julie Walsh Julie regularly compiles lists of egalitarian resources making her site well worth a visit.
These are the bloggers we are appreciating and learning from these days. Who would you add to the list, and why?
DISCLAIMER: This is not an endorsement of these blogs as not all content aligns with our beliefs. Some will be too liberal for some of you, others too conservative. Explore the list and find blogs that address your personal knowledge gaps. This is not an exhaustive list – leave your suggestions in the comments!
Note to Readers: To make the list a blog needed a primary and current focus on the egalitarian viewpoint (the belief that men and women are equal in every respect and are not restricted to certain roles in the church and home based on gender). Sites that didn’t meet that standard but have a deep well of related material in the archives are included under “More to Explore”. We also considered navigation functions like search, categories, archives, and post dates, all of which help readers find specific content.
Note to Authors: Please send us any corrections and/or changes and we’ll try to correct them within 24 hours.
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