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“Me Too” is Shifting Complementarians

In evangelical circles there is an ongoing debate between two views of the proper relationship between husbands and wives as prescribed by the Bible. The first, most traditional view, is the Complementarian View. In this view the husband is the head of the household and holds ultimate authority over the...

When God Provides An Escape, and When He Doesn’t

What happens when the earthquake doesn’t come? In Acts 16, Paul and his companion Silas are thrown in prison in Philippi. They had delivered a young girl from a spirit of divination, and this angered some powerful men who had enslaved her and profited from her fortune-telling ability. Now out of a...

Abuse, Divorce, and Paige Patterson’s Bad Bible Reading

Last week Paige Patterson was removed as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth for comments he made about women that are insensitive and demeaning at best. Yesterday he was fired. It is not my intent to write a commentary on Patterson as a person or as a leader in the Southern...

Paul and the “Silent” Women in 1 Timothy 2

I want to follow up on a comment I made in last week’s post about Beth Moore and the mistreatment of women ministers in evangelical circles. I wrote that one of the things that was said to diminish women was that Eve was “last in Creation and first in the Fall.” I want to dig into that statement a little...

Beth Moore and Evangelical Women Get Their Say

Last week popular Baptist author and Bible study leader Beth Moore published “A Letter to My Brothers,” in which she shared, lovingly but honestly, her experience as a woman in the male-dominated world of evangelicalism in general and the patriarchal SBC in particular. If you haven’t read it, you should....

The Dangers of Church Discipline

One of my readers, commenting on a post I wrote about grace and nonjudmentalism, wrote, “How about writing a little about the difference between forgiveness and indulgence. What does biblical discipline, rebuke and reproof look like for believers in the church?” It’s a legitimate issue. I’ve said many times...

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