What is wrong with the term, “Same-Sex Marriage”?

Words Matter. We need to understand what happens when we elect to refer to two men entering into an intimate legal union as “Same-sex Marriage.” Of course, people need to be able to understand each other. So common terminology is good, right? And doesn’t this seem like a value-neutral term? Like “heterosexual marriage?” You are not passing any judgements in …

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 …

Where to Affirm Gender (Public Speaking engagements so far planned in 2017)

As far as engagements open to the public, we are beginning the year Affirming Gender locally. My own Faith Church will be hosting a seminar later this month. So if you are somewhere near southern Lancaster County, come join the fun!

Date: February 24-25 (Friday night-Saturday morning)

Place: Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church –611 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville. (It’s not actually a highway…in fact, it is really just Church Street, but it makes us feel bigger to call it a highway).

Here’s a link to a flyer with more information. We want to do this as a gift to our community so it will only be $5/person to cover food. Pastor Brett Rush will be doing music for it and each of the three sessions will include a Q&A time.

**In a few weeks, all subscribers to AffirmingGender.com will be receiving by email a free pass to this Quarryville event. We’d like to honor your expression of interest in the important matters of gender that you showed in joining the site. Thanks! With the free pass we want to especially welcome your participation in the seminar. **

 

But if you are in the real south, rather than just the southern end, look for a Gender conference at Peace Church in Cary, North Carolina (outside of Rawleigh) on the last day of September. This is another event open to the public. Rosaria Butterfield and I will be taking the stage to affirm gender together. We will keep you updated with more information.

 

See? There really are some places left to gather together to learn how to celebrate the gift!

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 …

Are Single Persons Second-Class?

One of reasons some scholars argue that the Apostle Paul did not write Ephesians is that the New Testament letter puts forth a vastly different view of marriage than 1Corinthians. I think that this basis for questioning the letter’s stated authorship is a big bowl of baloney with whipped cream on top. The Paul-didn’t-write-Ephesians theory creates far more problems than …

National Geographic Gender Minimizing Masquerading as Science

Today we have a guest to AffirmingGender.com, Nicholas Black, Education & Resources Director of Harvest USA. Nick gives us a very thoughtful and helpful analysis of one of the articles in the recent National Geographic issue on gender. Here’s Nick…   Ever since I was a kid I have been a long-time reader of the National Geographic magazine. So I …

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 …

Does Jesus accept me, a lesbian, ‘Just as I am,’?

(Excerpt from enGendered, and a story I tell a lot in speaking)   If you have ever gone through a pastoral search in your church, you know it is a long, drawn out business. Protestant congregations looking for a leader form committees to examine pastor candidates for visible strengths and hidden weaknesses. They must pay close attention to make sure …