Part 2 of our series on what we’re learning about women and men leading together in the church. Last time we talked mostly about our stories, but this time (in response to several requests from listeners!) we dive into the Scriptures that are often brought up when talking about women leading in the church.
We’re not intending to advocate for everyone reading the Scriptures like we do (in fact, later in this series we will interview someone who comes from a more complementarian view), but to show that there is indeed a way to interpret Scripture that takes it seriously, and allows for women functioning in church leadership.
Links and resources:
- Prayer School with Brian Zahnd | New York City, Sept 14-15
- Gravity Leadership Academy | cohorts are always starting – this is where we train in the practical, on-the-ground skills needed to navigate tensions like the one we discussed today.
- Sarah Sumner’s excellent book Men and Women in the Church: Building Consensus on Christian Leadership, which Dallas Willard called “a deep and important book.”
- Additionally, these two books are excellent in theology and exegesis: Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ by Cynthia Long Westfall, and Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters by Philip B. Payne.
- The exegesis of head coverings we mentioned in this episode can be found here: “Wild Hair and Gender Equality in 1 Cor 11:2-16” by Philip Payne.
- For an accessible, profound book on the hermeneutical approach discussed on this podcast you must check out Scot McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet, 2nd Edition: Rethinking How You Read The Bible.
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