Ahh, Priscilla

People of a certain persuasion often refer to Acts 18 to argue that we should make no distinctions between women and men in the church or, at least, that women should authoritatively teach in the church. Consider the verses with me: 1 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native …

Why Didn’t She Preach Instead?

Today, another Scenic Overlook on how gender works in the Bible. Can you Bible readers guess who the characters are by the end? He had never felt so energized. At last, a way of understanding so many of those Bible verses he had memorized as a kid. It had happened a year ago. That moment when he felt like he …

What is God’s Gender?

A reader writes: “You don’t really tackle the gender of God, why God reveals himself with masculine pronouns.” This is a fantastic question. (My readers are just the best.) It is also a very necessary one. Because the answer to the question confers something desperately needed by about half of the image-bearers of God. Many women grow up with a …

Is this one I am dating “the one”?

If you are dating and the relationship has persisted for a while, you reach a point of asking, “Is this the one? Should we be together? Should we go for it, that momentous move called marriage?” It is exciting and dizzy and, yes, scary. Is this the one? Here’s how to tell.   The Bible supplies important wisdom on this point. …

In the Old Testament, are women inferior to men?

So my wife teaches online high school and her curriculum includes going over the books of Leviticus and Numbers. Each year she tries to make the point that the Old Testament (OT) understands women as equally made in God’s image. And each year she gets some essays back saying that in the Old Testament women are inferior to men. “What?” she …

What the Woman Did to Him

(Another Scenic Overlook from enGendered, showing the power of womanliness…) It had been a long time. A long time of dusty desert trails and fearful sprints from danger. He was tired. Tired of running. Tired of not having a home. Most of all, he was tired of maintaining a vision for something that had about as much substance as morning …

Should Girls Lift Weights? The Bible Tells Us

Today, another “Scenic Overlook.” Again, I am using historical and archeological study to try to imagine what a particular Bible story really might have been like. The game is to try and guess which Biblical character is being described before you get to the end and find out. Can you guess?       He was coming. She pushed down …

I saw it begin at Yale in 1980…

It was in the campus air. Women’s Studies had begun as a field, laying a groundwork for Queer Theory in the 1990s. The people in the know would introduce it slowly, of course, to make sure it wasn’t completely abhorrent. It was the program to tear down the gender binary.   I noticed it in the women’s styles. Long hair …