Sunday, April 20, 2008
The Roles of Women in the Life of the Church
I am working on a couple of pieces concerning the roles of women in the life of the church. One piece focuses on 1 Timothy 2:12, the other on Ephesians 5 and related texts re headship. My argument in essence will be (a) 1 Timothy 2:12 cannot bear the weight of responsibility for a totalising or universal rule in which no women may ever teach or lead a mixed gender church in any context ancient or modern; and (b) Pauline talk of headship within marriage requires all in ministry (which in Ephesians is every member of the church) to be in holy, ordered relationships with each other, especially husbands in relation to wives and wives in relation to husbands, but does not require the church to preclude gifted, skilled, and called women from teaching and leading mixed gender churches.