I wanted to say a little bit more here about church leadership and my previous comments about churches needing both mums and dads. I’m a complementarian which means that I believe men and women are created equally in God’s image and are co-heirs in Christ. It also means that they bring different perspectives, gifts, roles… Continue reading Women and church leadership
Is my friend on the slippery slope?
My friend Steve Kneale wrote this article the other day arguing that if we are encouraging and offering theological training for men in the church, then we should also offer it for women too. Men and women should have equal access to this kind of training and education. All of that at first glance seemed… Continue reading Is my friend on the slippery slope?
Does conservative theology and practice put off younger people from church?
One of the points of discussion arising from the articles about aging church demographics was whether conservative evangelical theology acted as a barrier, putting off young people especially where it clashed with their social values. One claim is that people might be drawn into evangelical churches because of the passionate focus on the Gospel or… Continue reading Does conservative theology and practice put off younger people from church?
Last time, we saw that God had made the man, Adam and placed him in Eden with the duty of caring for the garden and guarding it. God had commanded him to abstain from the fruit of one specific tree. Against this backdrop, God identifies that it isn’t good for him to be alone. This… Continue reading Not alone
Review of the year – top ten articles
It’s time to have a quick look back at 2022. Here’s a list of the top ten blog articles from Faithroots this year. It gives a bit of a clue as to what topical issues and hot topics were of particular interest through the year. In at number 10 and number 9 respectively were articles… Continue reading Review of the year – top ten articles
There’s more than one type of complementarian
The other day, I wrote in response to Aimee Byrd’s article claiming that complementarians could not listen. One of the issues I and others have raised is that Aimee seems to assume that there is only one type of complementarian. Aimee has set herself up as neither complementarian nor egalitarian as though this is a… Continue reading There’s more than one type of complementarian
Complementarianism words, movements and organisations
Aimee Byrd’s argument is that when she attacks Complementarians that she is attacking a specific movement, namely the Campaign for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Her argument is that anyone who holds a different position to them cannot be complementarian even if they think they are. Why, because one particular group of complementarians, the ones that… Continue reading Complementarianism words, movements and organisations
Perhaps we all could listen a little better – a response to Aimee Byrd
Aimee Byrd has written this article, essentially arguing that Complementarians need to listen to people including herself who have been challenging their theology and culture but essentially giving up on us (I identify as a Complementarian) arguing that we are beyond hope. We are simply unable to listen. When Aimee’s book first came out, I… Continue reading Perhaps we all could listen a little better – a response to Aimee Byrd
How did complementarianism end up becoming a boundary marker?
This was a question asked the other day on twitter. It was expressed I believe as a lament as much as a question. There are Christians who stand foursquare with other evangelicals. They believe the Bible to be God’s inspired word, without error. They confess that Jesus died on the cross to bear the penalty… Continue reading How did complementarianism end up becoming a boundary marker?
Promoting female Theologians: When encouraging others is not tokenism
The other day, I shared a list of female theologians and authors. I don’t normally open up the comments section on Faithroots, not because I’m against free speech and discussion but because I don’t think those things are dependent on whether or not I open comments. People are free to debate and disagree to their… Continue reading Promoting female Theologians: When encouraging others is not tokenism