Gender Equality
On Sexism, Patriarchy And Strange Ways To Lose Body Parts
There is a remarkable statement in the Hebrew Bible about two men brawling: If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to the rescue of her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity. (Deuteronomy 25v11-12) The rule goes something like this: if two men are fighting, and the wife of one of them (who apparently is getting his butt kicked) comes over to rescue him from his attacker, and she reaches out and grabs him by his...
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It’s Not Just About Healthcare
Birth control has been in the news a lot lately. Well, let me rephrase. Birth control for women has been in the news a lot lately. Whether it’s on the political spectrum or in the entertainment industry, women’s reproductive rights have been hotly contested in the past months. As this is discussed, women themselves are discussed. Are they using birth control for the “right” reasons? This has become one of the key issues. In a rush not to paint women as “sluts,” people are quick to point out the many uses for oral contraceptives. It’s beneficial for cramps. It helps...
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The Old Feminists Were Right
We’ve got a generation now who were born with semi-equality. They don’t know how it was before, so they think, this isn’t too bad. We’re working. We have our attaché’ cases and our three piece suits. I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don’t realize it can be taken away. Things are going to have to get worse before they join in fighting the battle. ~Erma Bombeck I’m pretty sure Erma was talking about me in that quote. I was born in 1974, right...
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Unbinding the Feet: Women in Ministry
When I was a young woman trying to map out the course of my life before me, I often struggled with whether or not I should go into ministry. It was never a question of if I could be a minister; for, what reason was there that I could not? From my days as a new believer reading the Bible for the very first time, to now, as a more mature believer who has read in-depth translations, studies and commentaries regarding what Paul said to women in the Church, and heard numerous theological debates on whether women should or should...
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God the Father . . . and Mother?
(UPDATE: As a way to clear up any controversy over using either “Him,” “Her,” or “It” for God, I’m just using the word God.) If you spend as much time on the Christian blogosphere as I do, chances are you probably got wind of John Piper’s recent comments about a more “masculine Christianity.” According to Piper: “God revealed Himself in the Bible pervasively as king not queen; father not mother,” Piper said. “The second person of the Trinity is revealed as the eternal Son not daughter; the Father and the Son create man and woman in His image and give...
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“Your gender is hardwired for whoredom.”
The way we (Christians in particular) talk about relationships with our young people may be sending them mixed messages with unintended consequences.  It isn’t wrong to encourage morality and purity in our relationships.  On the contrary, that’s desirable.  I don’t doubt that this is the goal.  But it may be getting lost in translation. Sadly, though it may be phrased more politely than the title of this article, far too many women echo the sentiment about our own gender.  We are prepared to blame ourselves for our men folk’s lack of sexual self-control.  One young man recently told me, “What...
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Is Marriage Really an Illustration of Christ and the Church? Part 3
Part 1 of this three-part article refuted the idea that marriage is an illustration of Christ’s relationship with the church. Part 2 showed that Christ’s glorification of the church to become “one flesh” with Him is the main point of Ephesians 21-33, and this was the illustration Paul had in mind to transform marriage as the world understood it then, into New Covenant marriage in Christ. This last part attempts to ask the question that might arise: “Maybe marriage isn’t an ‘illustration’ of Christ and the church, but isn’t marriage a “type” of Christ’s relationship with the church?” Typology is a concept...
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Is Marriage Really an Illustration of Christ and the Church? Part 2
In part 1 I showed that Ephesians 5:21-33 does not say marriage is an illustration of Christ and the church. It’s the other way around. This passage shows couples a specific picture of Christ and the church, to take as an illustration for marriage. What is that specific picture? Please note that I am reading this passage in light of this basic principle of Bible interpretation: We can’t understand what this passage means to us, until we understand what it is most likely to have meant to the original audience, as Paul intended them to understand it. In order to see more clearly...
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Is Marriage Really an Illustration of Christ and the Church? Part 1
This idea is pervasive in evangelical Christianity today. The idea comes from Ephesians 5:21-33, where Paul speaks of Christian marriage.  About.com – Christianity specifically states that God intended marriage to be an illustration of Christ and the church, and the New Living Translation even says so explicitly: “As the Scriptures say, ‘A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.” Eph 5:31-32, NLT. The About.com-Christianity web page goes on to explain that the way...
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Being a Girl
Where did we get the clever idea that women are all kooky ditzes?  Perhaps it’s from this “re-post if you agree” going around Facebook: I push doors that clearly say PULL. I laugh harder when I’m trying to explain why I’m laughing. I walk in to a room and forget why I was there. I count on my fingers. I hide the pain from my loved ones. I say “its a long story”,…When it really isn’t, just to get out of having to tell it. I cry a lot more then you think. I care about people who don’t care...
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