Starting next week, I’ll be writing a series about a topic that is dear to my heart. I’ll still be writing about other topics, too, but I’ve had several people request the issue of women’s roles and how I became an egalitarian. It’s a long story, but hopefully I can express it as effectively as possible. I’d love to hear from you guys, too.
I’d like to post a few ground rules first:
- Since this can be an emotionally charged topic that affects some of us at the deepest levels, try to keep your comments as respectful and issue-focused as possible.
- Gender roles are NOT the gospel. Nowhere does the Bible say that being honestly mistaken about gender roles is an unforgivable sin. Let’s try not to make mountains out of molehills and at least entertain the fact that some people legitimately have different views of scripture. Extend grace.
- Try not to use scriptures that most people have obviously seen before unless you’re providing some unique insight. There are few things more frustrating and, frankly, insulting, than having a well-known scripture thrown at you as if you’ve never seen it before, e.g. “Have you even READ 1 Timothy 2???? Let’s assume that we’re all intelligent adults and are already reasonably Bible-literate.
- If you can’t agree with or adhere to the previous 3 guidelines, then you should probably not participate.
OK. That should do it for now. I’ll be posting some resources soon, just in case you’d like to do some homework to begin with. I’m excited to get started!