In this process of learning to preach it has been important to me to hear what other women preachers have to say. I’m sure that at some point I will read some more traditional books on the subject, but right now I’m hungry to hear the experiences of women. Here are some resources that have been helpful on the journey.
The Junia Project editorial team agreed completely with Rob Dixon’s thoughts on the use of gender-based humor in the pulpit.
But to be honest, we weren’t sure how readers would react. Would people see this as an overreaction? Being too sensitive? Making a bigger deal out of something than we need to?
Those questions were decisively answered within hours of 5 Reasons Not to Use Gender-Based Jokes in the Pulpit being published.
The 100+ comments showed that most people have negative reactions to this kind of humor. Interestingly, a good number of the comments came from men. Aside from simple affirmations like “Is this something that needs to be said?!” and “I can’t believe anyone in a pulpit would be that clueless”, you shared insights and examples that showed how deep this problem goes.
We learned four things from your comments:
Here are some things to take into account as we think about the question “What are some things to keep in mind when we preach to women?”