When it comes to figuring out who killed Junia (as in, “removed her from the record and changed her name to male”) we could pick any of a number of powerful men who added weight to the concept and value of male-only leadership.
When I first began wondering how to harmonize my church’s restrictions on women with some of the passages I found in scripture, I came across a mention of “Junia, a female, who was also an apostle” and it startled me.
1 Timothy 2:12 continues to be an obstacle that prevents churches from moving toward a more robust theology of women.
Some Christians believe that being a leader is a man’s role, and that it is unfeminine for women to be in leadership. These Christians dismiss female leaders mentioned in the Bible as rare exceptions and anomalies. Does the Bible teach that leadership is masculine? Or that leadership is unfeminine?
I recently came across information about the contributions of black women preachers in the 19th century to the quest for gender equality in the church.
Is the doctrine of male authority in the church “God-ordained,” or does it have a more human origin? To answer this question, I’d like to explore relevant evidence found in the writings of key philosophers, theologians, and modern-day complementarian leaders. Then I’ll follow up with an examination of key verses about men and women found in […]
“My best men are women!” Here is a short list of men who made significant contributions to the Christian egalitarian movement long before Betty Friedan and The Feminine Mystique came on the scene: John Wesley, Fredrick Franson, B.T. Roberts, A.J. Gordon, and A.B. Simpson.
Here is a short list of women who made significant contributions to the Christian egalitarian movement long before Betty Friedan and The Feminine Mystique came on the scene: Margaret Fox, Susanna Wesley, Sojourner Truth, Phoebe Palmer, Catherina Booth.
Husband and wives or masters and slaves? Today’s theologians do not continue to justify racial slavery on the basis of Canaan’s curse, yet in some corners of the church, however, the subjection of women to male authority remains.
Recently, I heard it said in a sermon that the early church was led by “unschooled, ordinary men”. This idea that Jesus chose poor, uneducated fishermen as his disciples is entrenched in evangelistic teaching, and was something I heard often growing up in the church. But is it really true?