The best Christian book of the year

March 10, 2014

Several years ago, I attended a church discussion group on the topic of women in ministry. The pastor leading the group spent the first forty-five minutes forcefully laying out the “biblical” case for why women aren’t allowed to be pastors. After his diatribe, I asked him, “if women can’t be pastors, does that mean God […]

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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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Why is this woman so angry?

May 8, 2013

FEMEN is a Ukrainian feminist group notorious for their topless protests and confrontational tactics. What are they protesting? A whole slew of social and political issues, including the sex industry, homophobia, the Catholic church, Islam, misogyny, patriarchy and the exploitation and oppression of women. Since its founding in 2008, the group has spread to other countries in Europe, claiming membership well over one hundred thousand women and continues to garner attention for their provocative outcries.

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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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Steve Chalke is Wrong About Junia (but right about some other things)

January 15, 2013

Steve Chalke — the so-called “Billy Graham of England” — recently came out in support of same-sex marriage. This is huge news. It is exciting news. It is hopeful news. Chalke wrote an article for Christianity magazine espousing his views — you can read the short version of his article here and the longer version […]

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Follow-Up: Can you be a Christian and still believe … ?

December 29, 2012

My post Can you be a Christian and still believe … ? caused quite a bit of furor on the interwebs, so I’d like to take a moment to offer a few explanatory notes as well as provide some resources for further exploration of these topics. First, the point of the post wasn’t to provide a […]

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