As you may or may not know, before I became a dedicated follower of Jesus, I identified as a liberal feminist. I believed in the right of women to be strong, independent, equal, and even the right to make hard "choices." My identity changed as I discovered who I really was as a special child of God.
When I set out to write this series, one of my main motivations was to gain clarity in my own mind about the truth of the matter. I had procrastinated on analyzing the biblical data and stating my official position concerning the role of women in the church. I owed it to both to myself and to the Christian community to do so.
In this series on gender roles in the church, we’ve finally come to what has been called “the 1 Timothy 2 proof-text bomb.” There is so much to be said about these few verses!
In 1 Corinthians Paul addresses the entire church, men and women, as “Christ’s body” and says that they should be “eager for the greater gifts.”
I’ve never written or spoken publicly on the issue of gender roles in the church. My philosophy about my personal ministry work has long been: “Lord, here I am, send me, and I will go.” A prayer I pray persistently is, “Open the doors I am to walk through, but seal tight the ones that would displease you.”
Letter to the Editor
The Purpose of the Mosaic Law
Mosaic Law & Christ’s Law
The Christian and the Sabbath
Apologetics...for Women?! Yes, and we didn't need an "Equal Rights Amendment" to accomplish this feat.
In October I had the marvelous opportunity to speak at the Women's Pre-Conference to the National Conference on Christian Apologetics on the topic of "Women, Human Rights, and Christianity." Many brilliant women showed up to speak, learn, and, yes, have fellowship.
Christian apologetics is NOT about arguing. It is simply giving answers to questions, explaining the hope that you have found in your faith. Christianity is an intelligent faith. Our faith is not a fairy tale.
Do you have questions about your faith in Jesus? Do you wonder if Christianity is true? Do you have questions about the reliability of the Bible? Do you wonder if what you are learning in your college textbooks is true? Do you fear standing up to your proselytizing atheist professor? Do you find yourself stuck in a moral dilemma? Do you wonder if the church should embrace same sex marriage? Do you think Christianity clashes with science? Do you believe Christianity oppresses women? Do you wonder why God would allow so much evil, pain and suffering? Do you sometimes just feel like giving up on life altogether?
If you have questions like these, then I urge you to seek the answers. There are answers. I don't pretend to have them all. But I do know the smartest man who ever lived does hold all the answers. Come, let's reason together and seek Jesus-- with our hearts and minds.