I’ve been sitting on this post for a while. I’m posting as is, and will add over time, due to recent internet rage over #thingsonlychristianwomenhear that went viral on Twitter. Sarah Bessy started therevealing movement and later added this response,
What’s shocking, apart from the expected response from conservative men threatened by the loss of their inherited privilege, was the number of Christian women jumping on board to slam other women sharing their wounds at the hands of the contemporary (mostly evangelical) church. Privileged women decrying ‘ultra feminists’ marching in the Women’s March, or the women in my own church who barely knew how to approach the time we had a woman preacher for the Christians sermon, there’s a cultural problem in churches that stretches beyond gender.
When privilege feels a threat, the last attempt to cling to power includes ostracizing people and hopefully ideas too. For example, Christianity Today posted this subversive article, the first in a series challenging the emerging popularity of women voices, in of all places, the internet. Men and women of privilege are protecting the last remnants of institutional prestige, and it looks bad. Many are calling it out. I state last remnants because the people who decry the rise in voice of women thinkers are part of churches and denominations that are dying.
Here is a running mega-list of resources pertaining to the ongoing conversation about women and the church. I couldn’t find an amalgamation of resources in one place and thought I’d compile one. I know this list is incomplete; if you have something to add please leave a comment. This is curated by me, and it reflects my own theological view, although I have included some references to other opinions not my own.
Sarah Bessy: http://sarahbessey.com/blog/
Rachel Held Evans: https://rachelheldevans.com
Karina Kreminski: http://www.karinakreminski.com.au/blog/
Kaitlin Curtice: https://kaitlincurtice.com/ (new)
Junia Project: juniaproject.com
CBE International: cbeinternational.com
Diana Butler Bass: Follower her on Twitter
Articles and Blog Posts:
In no particular order.
- Being Black, a Women, and Evangelical
- Six Myths About Advocating for Women in Ministry (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2016/10/24/six-myths-about-advocating-for-women-in-ministry/)
- Pastoring as Mothering (http://www.missioalliance.org/pastoring-as-mothering/)
- Gifts and Order – Dave Fitch (http://www.missioalliance.org/church-plant-teaches-us-women-ministry/)
- Good news women….
- 9 Marks of Healthy Complementarianism. (https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/kevindeyoung/2016/04/22/9-marks-of-healthy-biblical-complementarianism/)
- Scot McKnight’s reply (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2016/04/25/deyoungs-9marks-of-complementarianism/)
- Justifying injustice with Bible part 1 http://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/arise/justifying-injustice-bible-slavery?page=show
- Justifying slavery with Bible part 2 http://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/arise/justifying-injustice-bible-apartheid?page=show
- Indispensable: Women who plant churches in NT (http://www.missioalliance.org/indispensable-women-plant-churches/)
Good Starting Point:
A Case for Female Deacons – Dr. Hubner
Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says about a Woman’s Place in Church and Family 3rd Edition – Gilbert Bilezikian
Daughters of the Church – Ruth Tucker; Walter Liefeld
Paul and Gender – Cynthia Westfall
Bailey, K.E. (2008). Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press.
Bailey, K.E. (2011). Paul through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press.
Belleville, L. (2000). Women Leaders and the Church: Three Crucial Questions. Grand Rapids: Baker Books.
Bilezekian, G. (2006). Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible says about a Woman’s Place in Church and Family. Grand Rapids: Baker Books.
Cunningham, L., and D.J. Hamilton. (2000). Why Not Women? A Fresh Look at Scripture on Women in Missions, Ministry, and Leadership. Seattle: YWAM.
Giles, K. (2006). Jesus and the Father: Modern Evangelicals Reinvent the Doctrine of the Trinity. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Henderson, J. (2012). The Resignation of Eve: What if Adam’s Rib is no Longer Willing to be the Church’s Backbone? Austin: Barna/Tyndale.
James, C.C. (2010). Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Johnson, A. F. (2010). How I Changed my Mind about Women in Leadership: Compelling Stories from Prominent Evangelicals. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Keener, C.S. (2009). Paul, Women and Wives: Marriage and Women’s Ministry in the Letters of Paul. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.
McKnight, S. (2011). Junia is Not Alone. Denver: Patheos Press.
Payne, P.B. (2009). Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Pierce, R. W., Groothius, R.M., & G.D. Fee. (2005) Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity without Hierarchy. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity.
Wright, N.T. (2005). Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today. New York: Harper Collins.
Thank you to Nikayla (https://twitter.com/Xikayla) for the Bibliography.