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Complementarianism

There is an ongoing debate in evangelical circles between two views of the proper relationship between husbands and wives as prescribed by the Bible. The first is complementarianism, which asserts that the husband is the head of the household and holds ultimate authority over the family. The wife plays a complementary role in managing the […] Read More

An article I read recently extoling the virtues of complementarianism nagged at me. It would not let me rest. Complementarianism is a religious construct that deals with the roles of gender. The message is evil at its center. “The SBC has affirmed complementarianism – the belief that the Bible reveals that men and women are […] Read More

I was one of the many Christians believing God created women for a subservient role to men. Growing up in fundamentalist Baptist churches, it was instilled in me for more than two decades that God created women to “help” men; women were to serve their husbands and children. This was the divine construct of God’s […] Read More

Preachers often avoid lectionary texts from Judges as they are not sure what to do with stories of violence (Samson), testing God (Gideon) and an ill-conceived vow to the Lord (Jephthah), to name only a few. It was a precarious time for the young nation as “there was no king in Israel; all the people […] Read More

I grew up in a form of Christian life that had women pastors, evangelists, church planters and, of course, missionaries. The only thing women could not do in church life was, apparently, serve as denominational executives. I don’t think there was any rule against it; it just didn’t happen – except in those few denominations […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 7:36-8:3 June 16, 2013 1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a; Psalm 32; Galatians 2:15-21 In the past few years, I’ve become a big fan of blogger Rachel Held Evans. She’s young, smart, and a little sassy. I pay […] Read More

LifeWayChristianResources of the Southern Baptist Convention has published a two-volume Bible commentary (for the Old and New Testaments) that’s marketed to women. That comes as no surprise, nor is it surprising that the volumes would be co-edited by Rhonda Kelley, wife of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary president Chuck Kelley, and Dorothy Patterson, whose husband, […] Read More