A minister friend of mine told me about his recent job interview. The discussion brought out an interesting combination of views: they believed in no difference at all between women and men in taking responsibilities in a church. At the same time, they understood gayness as wrong. My friend was rightly puzzled.
Nothing says it quite like a video, especially if you are under 29. Check out these short videos from the 2017 AffirmingGender conference in Cary, North Carolina, ranging from 1 to 5 minutes long.
Thank you for reading and responding to this first year of AffirmingGender. I published 100 posts on Affirming Gender this year. Guess which made the top ten? Herewith the most visited/read issues in 2017, and plans for 2018.
This Christmas, ask yourself this: Why a woman and not a man? Why not have Christ come through a man with the wonder of it being that it was done without a woman? I mean, so long as God is doing a miracle, he could certainly have done it the other way.
Every year, I have an argument with my husband about the value of The Nutcracker, the ballet. Sam considers this holiday standard an insufferable time-waster having nothing to do with the real Christmas, a quaint costume drama that devolves into an interminable and inexplicable glorification of candy and tulle. But, I plead, don’t you see?
There are 3,237 characters named in the Bible, a lot of people! Only 188 are women. Why this mathematical difference? The answer isn’t what you think.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s aim was to elevate the status of women and, strangely, she saw the Bible as a prime enemy of that goal.
You knew it had to come eventually, right? Some gender dysphoric teen would eventually stop and ask, “Is altering my body, like these doctors are pressing me to do, really going to help me?” Or his parent will ask, “Is cutting parts off of him really going to add to him?” These questions you will increasingly hear, and not just from religious folk who tend to believe Genesis 1.
It is great when my wife can join me for pastoral marriage counseling a couple. It is a journey for us as well, an exploration into unknown territory. It is hard to describe what happens, but I find that we take their problem into ourselves and contend about it. We sometimes get mad at each other. And we end up having the argument they need to have.
What is the terrible sin of “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit,” and why did Jesus say that it won’t be forgiven? This is what Bible-readers always want to know upon reading Matthew 12. And they spend hours talking about it. Some even wonder if they have committed this sin inadvertently and are therefore beyond Divine favor. The key to what is really going on is seeing that this is about the Trinitarian relationships.