I was working on my thesis in seminary. Tired of being asked if I was going to seminary to be a pastor’s wife, I had decided to write a biblical theology of single women in ministry that would show God’s calling for a woman was not dependent on her marital state. I was talking with […]
One of the most troubling aspects of a belief that a man can somehow be the “head” of a woman is what happens in the privacy of the homes of countless people with this viewpoint. If it is believed by both husband and wife that the man is “over” his wife, then it gives occasion […]
One of my favorite blogs is the thoughtful and humorous “Bridget Jones Goes to Seminary” written by Meg, a theology student at Calvin Theological Seminary. In her most recent post, “Why I Am a Feminist,” she declares: “I am a feminist because my Christianity, my Reformed Christianity no less, constrains me. I am a feminist […]
A few weeks back I was teaching a class on Anabaptist history. I gave my usual spiel about the nature of history and the problems with reductionism. Anabaptist concerns were both theological and economical (among other things); cases of injustice, after all, traverse all aspects of life. Abuses by the church and its oppression of […]
Pop psychology is known for its easy answers, and, sheesh, does it sell. Of course, evangelicaldom has lots of that, too — especially when it comes to relationships and other topics that it is easy to froth about. Andy sends along a wonderful review of Captivating by John and Staci Eldridge, a Christian book bestseller […]
A prominent sociologist on evangelicals, Sally Gallagher, has much to say to egalitarians in her article, The Marginalization of Evangelical Feminism. She questions, when 56% of evangelical women are employed outside the home and when many evangelical marriages are egalitarian in practice, why evangelicals as a whole have still rejected mutuality and partnership between the […]
Andy passes along this blog reference for our attention — http://www.emergentvillage.us/weblog/being-emergent-woman — as an example of what younger church leaders are thinking, in this case within the emergent movement. He also suggests that this blog post that he’s recommending could use our support. I think it’s a great idea.
Salon has an article on Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church. I was so sad after reading this article. In short they’ve taken the post-WW2 culture, and they are trying to make it biblical. Following Driscoll’s biblical reading of prescribed gender roles, women quit their jobs and try to have as many babies as possible. And […]