When my babies were born, I fully intended to stay home full-time with them for a variety of reasons. However, a year after my first child was born, my husband accepted a job that involved a 25% pay cut, making it necessary for me to work just to pay the bills. It wasn’t exactly how […]
“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.
I was a complementarian for more than 20 years. I believed that women should not serve as church elders or senior pastors, that the primary vocation of Christian wives was to submit to the leadership of their husbands, and that husbands should lay claim to that leadership. Because I came to faith when I was 19 years old and immediately joined a complementarian church, I thought this was the only approach to gender roles that took the Bible’s authority seriously.
I now believe that Galatians 3:28 applies to more than just our legal status before God; rather, this passage (and others like it) provides the church with a redemptive vision for community life.
Dear Male Egalitarian Pastors,
I have something I need to tell you, and it’s a bit tough to say. Before I do, I want you to know how much I appreciate you. You are allies and friends, important voices in the ongoing conversation about gender equality in the church…