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“…The social Trinity helps us to understand gender rather than gender helping us to understand the Trinity. In fact, to begin with gender and speak of God is to make God in our image rather than seeking to understand better how we are made in God’s.” –PP Vol. 26, number 4, Autumn 2012, p.16.

Through the Labyrinth

“In everyday behavior on the job, women encounter
more obstacles to their leadership and authority than
men do. Women who are too assertive, competitive, or
even competent can at times threaten others, who then
resist female influence and leadership. This resistance
to their leadership can lower evaluations of women’s
personalities and skills, obscure women’s contributions
to group tasks, undermine their performance, and even
subject them to sexual harassment. At the same time,
women can be criticized for being too nice. Men, unlike
women, do not bear the burden of having to be especially
likable to be influential or to be accepted as leaders, nor
do they have to establish themselves as clearly superior in
ability.” –Alice H. Eagly and Linda L. Carli, Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About
How Women Become Leaders p117

Oaks of Righteousness

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good
news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the
prisoners; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who
mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion — to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness
instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, to display his glory (NRSV). — Isaiah 61:1–3

Irony of the “Director” Title

The biggest irony to me is the fact that our Southern Baptist Confession of Faith only prohibits women from the ‘office of pastor,’ yet some Southern Baptists wish to prohibit women from every position within the church or any other office outside the church that has any kind of authority over men. Further, when women serve on Southern Baptist church staffs, complementarian congregations call them ‘directors’ rather than ‘ministers,’ though these gifted women are ministering and serving just like a man would in the same position, a man the congregation would bestow the title ‘minister’ upon were he in it. It reminds me of the old fable ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes.” I sometimes wonder if Southern Baptists really think women aren’t ministering if they simply don’t call them a minister. Who are we fooling? God? –Mutuality Summer 2008

Sacrificial Servanthood

“Headship means sacrificial servanthood. Submission means
yielding to the heart of a servant. And the key to marriage is
Eph. 5:21 — both submitting, both yielding to one another.” –Mutuality Spring 2008

This squares well with the Greek! Savior is an apposition to “head.” The key example is Christ sacrificing Himself for His body, the Church.

 

Katherine Bushnell 1856-1946

Supposing women only had translated the Bible, from age to age, is there a likelihood that men wouldhave rested content with the outcome? Therefore, our brothers have no good reason to complain if, whileconceding that men have done the best they could alone, we assert that they did not do the best that couldhave been done. The work would have been of a much higher order had they fi rst helped women to learnthe sacred languages (instead of putting obstacles in their way), and then, have given them a place by theirside on translations committees. — Katharine Bushnell, God’s Word to Women

Forgiveness

When people who had suffered grievously, whom you could have said had a divine right to being angry and filled with a lust for revenge, came and told their stories…you wanted to take off your shoes because you said, ‘I’m standing on holy ground.’ –Archbishop Desmond Tutu describing the proceedings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission