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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part VIII)

After stepping outside of the complementarian bubble, I realized that “complementarianism” is not actually a unified concept, and that its premise–that leadership in the home and in the church should be male exclusively–cannot be applied coherently or consistently. Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part VII)

I now come to the biblical text that is often played as the trump card by complementarians when discussing the issue of women’s ordination–and I speak from personal experience, having played this card myself. Indeed, 1 Timothy 2:8-15 was the text that gave me the most pause when I reconsidered the issue; I felt that I could accept that other passages speaking of male leadership were culturally relative, but this passage seemed to be quite clear and rooted in the prelapsarian (“before the Fall into sin”) created order. Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part VI)

Are the texts that speak of male headship in the home and in the church commands for every time and place, or are they time-bound concessions to patriarchal culture and to the peculiar scrutiny faced by first-century Christians in a hostile pagan context? Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part V)

No one wants to say, “Thus saieth the Lord,” where the Lord has not spoken. But no one wants to ignore the law of the Lord, either. Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part IV)

I remember when I was first exposed to the notion of women pastors–probably at the age of seven or eight. Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part III)

My former (and present) life in complementarianism… Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part II)

I’m not the prototypical convert from complementarianism to egalitarianism. Continue reading

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My Journey to Affirming the Ordination of Women (Part I)

In a series of posts, I will describe some of my journey to egalitarianism. I will not be making a detailed case for that position from Scripture; many scholars have done that much better than I could. Rather, this is more of a personal reflection on how my thinking on an issue has changed. Continue reading

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