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.


Mike Crowl said...

Hi, Peter, just came across your blog via the Prodigal Kiwi(s). Think every man/woman and their dog is blogging these days - or should that be dogging in the case of the animals?
You're probably not aware that I'm posting regularly on the Presbyterian National Mission blog and checking out a number of other sites regularly.

Peter Carrell said...

Hi Mike
I will look your posts up!
Perhaps everyone is blogging these days, but is everyone being read?
Occasional signs, such as your comment, encourage me!!