WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME SEVENTEEN

Jesus and His Egalitarian Interaction with Women

I have shown that Jesus’ teachings elevated women. Jesus also held women in the highest regard in the way he interacted with them. [198] In fact, his treatment of women was so antithetical to the patriarchal culture of his day that he could only be characterized as egalitarian. [199]   There are four specific cases […]

Jesus and Women

WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME SIXTEEN

The Revolutionary, Counter-Cultural Teachings of Jesus

I grew up in a very small Spanish-speaking Baptist Church. The people were mostly poor or on the underside of the middle class. As I grew into my teenage years, the church grew as well. Over time we drew people from all over the Spanish-speaking world. At one point, there were 21 countries represented in […]

women in ministry

WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME FIFTEEN

The Plight of Women in the Era of the New Testament

The role of women in American society changed dramatically in the 1960s. In 1963, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women issued a report entitled American Women, which recommended that women be granted equality in employment and educational opportunities, as well as wages. In the same year, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, the […]

women in ministry

WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME THIRTEEN

Were Women Prophets with All the Rights and Authority Therein?

The duck test – “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck” – suggests that something can be identified by its habitual characteristics. I would apply this age-old principle to the biblical text and say, “If she’s called a prophet, talks like […]

women in ministry

WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME TWELVE

Introducing the Amazing Women of the Old Testament

In the late 1800s, Charlotte Digges “Lottie” Moon was a Southern Baptist missionary who spent nearly 40 years living and working in China. She’s a legend in Southern Baptist life because she preached the Gospel in places most Americans refused to go. Our theology, it seems, is somewhat tied to geography. The Amazing Women of […]

women in the old testament

WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME ELEVEN

Landing the Plane on the Pre-Fall Male-Female Relationship

One of my preaching profs would remind us regularly that “landing the plane” was one of the most important aspects of preaching. In other words, know when and how to end it. I’ve now spent over 15,000 words, a third of my overall thesis, making a case against the hierarchist’s claims about creation. It’s time […]

Landing the Plane

WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME TEN

Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs and the Battle of the Sexes

My first memory of the concept of “the battle of the sexes” was the tennis match between Women’s Tennis champion, Billie Jean King, and retired tennis star, Bobby Riggs. It was 1973 at the Houston Astrodome and ninety million watched it worldwide. Billie Jean won in three sets. The pre-match buildup was far more entertaining […]

Battle of the Sexes

WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME SEVEN

What's In a Name? Maybe Everything.

My parents named me after my Dad’s younger brother. I didn’t have a vote in the matter. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Uncle very much. He has been a second father to me. It’s just that the name has always been difficult to navigate. It’s a Biblical name, but it’s one that you […]

Adam and Eve

WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME SIX

The Biblical Meaning of Being a Suitable Helper

My wife, Priscilla, helps me in immeasurable ways. I like to think that we help each other, but truth be told, I wouldn’t be where I am without her. She has always preferred “behind the scenes” work, but in no way does that make her subordinate to me. In fact, the “help” she has been […]

husband and wife

EASTER SUNDAY

The Path to Resurrection Life

On Sunday morning, the women came to the tomb expecting Jesus to be dead. He was dead on Friday. They didn’t come expecting resurrection. What led them from unbelief to belief? What led them to find resurrection life? What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for us today?   The Path to Belief Unless I see the […]

Resurrection Life