Should Women Be Quiet?

You might expect that the funny Greek word that means meekness, πραῢς, (pronounced something like pra-oose’), would appear a lot in the New Testament, since it sounds like such a Christian virtue. Not so. The word only appears four times in the New Testament, three of those times in the gospel of Matthew. (There is a related word, but that …

What are Our Real Differences?: Reply to Claire Smith, Part III

Onward to answer more of Claire Smith’s criticisms of enGendered (politely dressed as questions—thank you kindly, Dr. Smith!).   Dr. Smith questions what I’ve said the asymmetries of gender are. So let’s revisit whence masculinity and femininity, enGendered style, arise. When we listen to how the Bible distinguishes men and women in their callings to one another, we hear very …

Gender Comes in Specialties 

To help explain how gender operates, I offer a few excerpts from enGendered, chapter 12:   Specialties are things we all might do sometimes, but the specialist focuses on especially doing them. We may do many things for each other that are the same, but the gender magic happens when we lean into the asymmetries. Just as, physically, both males …

Why are there no Women Priests in the Old Testament?

The Hebrew Scriptures show us three great venues of covenant community leadership. When things got going, leadership resolved into three offices, authoritative ministers to shepherd, supply and save His people: Prophet, King and Priest. One of the glaring asymmetries between guys and gals in the Old Testament is how God called only men to the latter two offices. God’s masculine …

Gender Lack in La La Land

The mesmerizing movie, La La Land, which came out at the end of last year and went on to win many awards in the last few months, tells a story that often happens. A young girl moves to Los Angeles or New York to make it, begins sleeping with a musician, and then has her heart broken. However it is …

Christ is the Paragon of Femininity

Christ is the Paragon of Femininity
“Wait, what!?” you exclaim. “That doesn’t sound right. We know that Jesus Christ was incarnate as a man, not a woman, so how can He show us femininity?” Well, you are thinking about gender in isolation again, but the Bible teaches us differently…

Christ is Masculinity Extraordinaire

In relationship to His Church, Jesus Christ demonstrates masculinity in its pure form. The apostle Paul calls forth the excellency of Christ becoming our husband in 2Corinthians 11:2-3, while Ephesians 5:22-33 explains it more fully, two examples among others. So if you want to see a real man, look at Christ in this relationship to His Church.   Jesus took …

The New Bride and the General

 Another Scenic Overlook from enGendered, from a story given to help us feel the asymmetry of origin. Can you Bible readers guess who they are before the end?   She was from the high country and she was a prize. Many had secretly desired her, but didn’t dare go beyond that. They would need to go through her formidable father, …

To the Truest Woman I Know

Eyes that see all that I can be Hair that flows down to my need Ears that find the faintest cry of mine Hands that bind me when I bleed   Your love reminds me of one that I dream of Free flowing grace from above I can see through your eyes perfect care undisguised A glimpse of His heart …

When to Answer “Yes” to a Transgendered Person

When a friend or loved one finally discloses to us the struggle that they have had with their gender, whether it be simply feelings of gender dysphoria or a revelation that they have had hormone treatments or are now considering surgery, it is an important moment. What should be our response if we want to help our friend?   Of …