***Updated November 20th, 2017.***
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 the revealing movement and later added this response,
I was surprised, not by the expected response from conservative men threatened by the loss of their inherited privilege, but by the number of Christian women slamming other women sharing their wounds at the hands of the contemporary (mostly evangelical) church. Whether it’s privileged women decrying ‘ultra feminists’ marching in the Women’s March, to the women in my own church who barely approached the woman preacher that one time we had her on, there’s a cultural problem in Christendom that continues to oppress women in ministry.
(Since then, other campaigns have come out ranging from #medtoo to #churchtoo.)
When privilege feels threatened, a final attempt to preserve to power includes ostracizing people for their ideas. 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. (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.) Some are rightfully calling it out.
Here is a running list of resources tailored by me that features strong, established, and emerging women giving voice to a new conversation. I know this list is incomplete; if you have something to add please leave a comment.
- 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: Follow @dianabutlerbass
- Beth Moore: Follow @bethmoorelpm
- Tara Beth Leach: Follow @TaraBeth82
- Christena Cleveland: Follow @cscleve
- Sarah Bessy – Jesus Feminist
- Rachel Held Evans – Searching for Sunday
- Tara Beth Leach – Emboldened: A Vision for Empowering Women in Ministry
- Kaitlin B. Curtice – Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places Paperback
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/)
- 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/)
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.