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Forays into the issue of women in church leadership, part 2

June 11, 2018

Last fall I gave a broad introduction to a study I was embarking on regarding women in leadership and teaching ministry in churches. Because of various life circumstances, I have been delayed in moving forward into the study itself. I’ve given the series the catchy title, “Forays into the issue of women in church leadership” (interested readers can find the intro below, labeled “Part 1”). Linked below is a Word document with my response to my first reading, Linda Belleville’s contribution to Two Views on Women in Ministry, edited by Stanley Gundry.

I am not presenting my thoughts to start a debate or to proselytize for a particular position but rather so that I’m forced to think the matter through carefully. It is a kind of accountability for myself. Writing helps me to think, and writing that is being posted for public consumption makes me think harder and (try to) write well.

The first blog was posted here in its entirety. However, because WordPress (or at least the theme I use) is not set up to do much formatting unless one delves into the html code, which I am not prepared to do, I am going to insert a link to the original document (in Word format). Comments may be made here.

Note: In the first blog I listed some books I’ve collected to help me think through this issue. Since then I have added Michelle Lee-Barnewall’s Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian.

Forays into women in leadership pt 2


One Comment
  1. Edward permalink

    In regards to Genesis 3, the next chapter talks about sin’s desire for Cain: “if you don’t control yourself, sin will.” Part of the curse more likely refers to desire to control one another and not working together as God intended, rather than sexual desire. Just look at dysfunctional marriages with domination/passivity of the husband/wife.

    A possible interpretation I’ve considered is based partly on Romans 1, with the giving over, but also certain effects seem to deal with each person’s role in the fall. Adam abdicated his role as leader, and Eve took over the interpretation of what God said. As punishment, Eve is going to want to tell Adam what to do (or lead Adam), but it’s not going to work out too well. That’s a loose description of my thoughts, but I haven’t considered it in awhile, so it’s not fleshed out.

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