Meting out help for helpmeet

November 21, 2013

This badly misguided comment crossed my computer monitor yesterday: “GOD made women to be a helpmeet for Man, the Bible says. What is a Help Meet. It is a Proper assistant – A Second in command.” Helpmeet isn’t a real word — or at least it shouldn’t be a real word. It’s essentially a mistake, […]

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Putting Words in Paul’s Mouth: “Women: Shut Up!”

November 18, 2013

1 Corinthians 14.34-35 reads: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. Here Paul […]

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I’m a feminist because

May 29, 2013

I’m a feminist because Women are created in the image of God and have inherent value. They deserve the same opportunities, respect, rights and freedoms that men enjoy. Persistent and pernicious patriarchal oppression permeates virtually every facet of society. Men have been running the show for the thousands of years and have screwed things up […]

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A New Recipe for Gender Roles

May 18, 2013

Trevin Wax recently wrote a blog post entitled The Crazy Culture of Complementarianism. He leads off with the pithy observation that “Right beliefs do not always lead to healthy cultures” and then goes on to discuss some of the “crazy” results of complementarianism that he’s noticed, such as the “unexpressed expectation that the godliest women […]

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“These enemy dogs who reject the things of God”

May 13, 2013

Janie B. Cheaney, in her World Magazine post “How to lose an argument” seems to have just discovered that Mark Driscoll is a “lightning rod.” This is a surprise to her because in her mind Driscoll’s focus has always been on spreading the gospel. She links to my piece on Driscoll’s dismissal of careful exegesis […]

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Misogyny, Patriarchy and the Church

May 6, 2013

Elizabeth Esther recently wrote a blog post about “the new misogyny,” highlighting the shift in the church away from blatant misogyny to a more subtle, yet equally toxic attitude towards women. Elizabeth’s post made me simultaneously angry and depressed and disappointed. The anger prompted me to write this post, to vent, to speak out against […]

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Mark Driscoll doesn’t want you to study the Bible

April 28, 2013

Mark Driscoll recently caused another brouhaha with his views about gender roles. The short version of this latest controversy is that he compared nagging wives to water torture. You can watch the offending segment here. But are we really surprised by this sort of thing from Driscoll? By now it should seem par for the […]

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I Do Not Permit A Woman

November 30, 2012

In 1 Timothy 2.12 Paul says “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” (NIV2011) What’s up with that? Is Paul really issuing a definitive command regarding women’s roles that’s binding upon all Christians today? Is this a clear directive that severely limits women’s […]

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Junia the Apostle

November 28, 2012

Any discussion of women’s roles in the church must take into account the apostle Junia. Paul writes in Romans 16.7, “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was” (NIV2011). Though generally accepted as a female […]

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Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

October 18, 2012

Following closely in the footsteps of A.J. Jacobs’ 2007 book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, blogger and writer Rachel Held Evans offers her own contribution to the genre of reality-show inspired memoirs in the unimaginatively titled A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a […]

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