Thank you for reading, contributing, and supporting us this past year!
In 2017, The Junia Project provided a platform for more than 25 writers to share their views. Here are the Top Ten most read posts written this past year:
1. A GOD WHO CALLS WOMEN TO PASTOR by Teanna Sunberg
“Our girls have soaked up and soaked in the air of ministry and it has never been attached to their gender. They are fully feminine and often fearless to a fault, but my most fervent mother’s prayer is that they will be fully available to God and his call on their lives. Full stop. Because God wants women in the pulpit, in the seminary classroom, and in the streets where freedom dies every day just as much as he wants us in the kitchen.”
2. TO MY FRIEND WHO BELIEVES IN “BIBLICAL GENDER ROLES” by Christi Rooke
“How many modern-day Deborahs have had their spiritual and authoritative leadership stifled? How many Huldahs have had their prophetic voices silenced? How many Ruths have had their strength and boldness smothered? How many Lydias have been told their best purpose is to “stay at home and serve their husband’s calling” when their savvy business gifting could be used to aid missionaries and plant house churches? And how many Junias are relegated to the periphery, cheering on the men, when God created them to be on the front lines and praised as outstanding among the apostles?”
3. RESOURCES FOR WOMEN PREACHERS (BY WOMEN PREACHERS) by Gail Wallace
“As more and more churches open their pulpits, women need to prepare to step into the gap. And so, I’m learning to preach. In this process, it is important to me to hear what other women have to say about preaching. I’m sure that at some point I will read Haddon Robinson and other traditional books, but right now I’m hungry to hear the experiences of women preachers. Here are some resources that have been helpful on this journey.”
4. HOW TO RAISE A LITTLE GIRL TODAY TO BE A PASTOR TOMORROW by Elizabeth Graham
“Shaping future pastors doesn’t begin with college or even a call. It begins at birth. It begins with parents and church families who intentionally foster the idea that our little boys and girls alike can be anything God calls them to be. It begins with communities who nurture strength and bravery in their little people from the very earliest ages, who foster a faith in Jesus and a confidence that they are created in the perfect image of God. Here are four things we can actively do to raise little girls today to be pastors tomorrow.”
5. 6 WAYS TO KNOW YOU’RE LIVING OUT AN EGALITARIAN MARRIAGE by Robin Rhine McDonald
“A fundamental aspect of egalitarian marriage is having a deep respect for who each other is and what each other can do. Yes, men can take care of the kids. Yes, women can be the primary financial provider for the family. But traditional roles don’t have to be switched to be egalitarian. Rather, how roles are determined comes out of respect and is based on who the spouse is in Christ, not their gender.”
6. IF THEY DON’T AFFIRM YOU? PREACH AND PASTOR ANYWAY by Randi Shepherd
“Never let the opinions of others keep you from becoming the person God called you to be. Never let the opinions of others keep you from doing the ministry God called you to do. Your sanctification requires it and others’ salvation depends on it. So, for the women just beginning this journey, for the women who are contemplating quitting, and for the women in the back who have the crazy idea that God just might be calling them, here are six suggestions on how to preach and pastor anyway.”
7. THE WOMEN WHO STOOD NEAR THE CROSS by Gail Wallace
“These women were not just supporting cast members. When the Twelve are called we read that “they left everything and followed Jesus” (Luke 5:11). This concept of “following” is often used to describe discipleship in the gospels, and we find it also used here in reference to the women. Just like the men, the women who stood near the cross were “with” Jesus. They gave up everything to follow, including the safety and security of their homes, relationships, and reputations.”
8. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT DOMESTIC ABUSE? by Ally Kern
“If you’ve ever skimmed through the Bible – especially the Old Testament – you’ve seen stories of violence, from rape to slavery, and war. How do we reconcile the God of the Bible, who at times seems to promote violence, with our experience of domestic abuse?Scripture is often used to keep women silent about their experiences of domestic violence, to urge them to stay with an abusive partner, and even to justify abuse. But the Bible is clear that God opposes those who oppress, marginalize, and abuse others.”
9. WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT HEADSHIP? by Tim Evans
“Friends, looking back over sixty plus years going to church, forty years of marriage, and counseling for decades, I believe with my whole being that GOD CARES about equality/inequality, authority, submission, hierarchy, and headship. GOD CARES about women being restricted from using all the gifts God has given them. GOD CARES about ongoing male privileges. And GOD CARES about how men and women, husbands and wives, functionally live out being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).”
10. MALE-FEMALE: EQUALITY IN THE GOSPEL OF LUKE by Gail Wallace
“The egalitarian perspective takes the whole Bible into account in interpreting God’s design for how men and women should relate to each other – its words, authors, historical and cultural context, themes and patterns, and redemptive trajectory. When we view scripture from the 30,000-foot level we see it moves in the direction of an equal partnership of men and women, defying the convention of the times. The male-female pairings in the book of Luke are one intriguing example of this movement.”
In this creative piece, Azusa Pacific University student Laura Atwater used the structure of the best-selling children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie to illustrate the complexities women in ministry often navigate.
“If you give a woman a Bible, she will sit down and read scripture… Once she reads 1 Timothy 2:8-15, she will question women’s roles… In her questioning, she will look to other scriptures… While looking for other scriptures, she will come across the story of Phoebe and believe she is called to ministry…”
For the first time in four years, the #1 search time used to get to our website was JUNIA rather than 1 Timothy 2. We take that as a sign of progress!
So those are the top ten posts for 2017. We are inspired and encouraged by the way both women and men are speaking out in support of women’s full inclusion in leadership in the home and in the church. Keep writing! We’d love to feature you in our top ten list next year.