Tag Archives: Role of Women

A Lover’s Quarrel: Women and Men

Garrett’s tenth wish for the Churches of Christ is – Let us bring women into the church as equals; let us cease being male-dominated. I’m on record on this one. The Bible does not teach male domination of women. Rather, … Continue reading

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Buried Talents: Further on How Elders Oversee the Church

In a comment to the previous post, Alan points out that the Old Testament’s use of “overseer” refers to a supervisor or overseer in the workplace. Think “middle management.” And it’s true. I was already familiar with the passages. I’ve … Continue reading

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Buried Talents: Reconciling Egalitarianism and Hierarchicalism, Part 2

C. Church Affairs This brings us to the passages that deal more particularly with church affairs. In 1 Cor 14:33b-35 paternalists find ample basis to conclude that women must be silent in the assembly. But many hierarchalists agree with egalitarians … Continue reading

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Buried Talents: More Questions and Answers

Q. Doesn’t the fact that there were women deacons and not women elders in the early church tell us that God did not mean for women to be elders? A. No, for two reasons. First, deacons were servants of the … Continue reading

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Buried Talents: Arguments for and against female deacons

The scriptural argument normally centers on 1 Timothy 3:11. 11 In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. As indicated by italics in the KJV, “their” … Continue reading

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Buried Talents: Questions & Answers

I studied and even taught this material for many years before arriving at my present position. I’m confident that many readers will struggle to get comfortable with these ideas that are so far removed from what many of us have … Continue reading

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Buried Talents: Women in the Old Testament (Deborah)

The Law of Moses ushered in the Period of the Judges, during which God ruled Israel through individual judges. Notable among the judges is Deborah. (Judg. 4:4-5) Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. … Continue reading

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Buried Talents: Avoiding Our Biases and Bad Habits

We all have a tendency to find in the Bible what we expect to find. The Pharisee finds plenty of commands to impose on his brothers. The liberal finds language that excuses just about any conduct. The male chauvinist pig … Continue reading

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