Women, Leadership & The Bible

Confession: When I heard that a book called “Women, Leadership and The Bible” had been released, my first thought was “just what we need… ANOTHER pushy book on women in the church.”

41EyH70ZyYL._AA160_But this is not that book, and in fact, the more I’ve read and the better I’ve got to know Dr Natalie Eastman—the author—the more excited I have been about it. Women, Leadership and The Bible is not a book that tells you WHAT to think, it’s a guide to HOW to work through the questions (and even identify the questions!), and to find answers in scripture yourself. The subtitle of the book is truthful: “How do I know what I believe? A Practical Guide to Biblical Interpretation.”

I believe every Christian woman should be able to handle the scriptures FOR HERSELF. Natalie Eastman is passionate about women being better equipped to ask better questions, to find better answers, to know what you believe and how you got there… and in this book she’s created a fantastic go-to resource which is thoughtful and thorough in approaching questions about women in scripture, but in fact questions about anything in scripture.

Eastman is so committed to women having the tools they need to wield the Word that, not only did she write a book, but she’s also developed a range of online tools and training videos for women to use everywhere. And when she asked if I would be interviewed for her series on how I go about interpreting the Scripture, I couldn’t say yes fast enough…. even though being videoed is seventy six times more terrifying to me than public speaking. Yes, friends, THAT’S how much I want to support this project.

So for you, readers? Here is the link to my interview on Natalie’s blog series: on studying the bible for all its worth. (the first six minutes or so are introduction, and then the interview goes another 35 mins or so. Also, my youngest kid makes a guest appearance at about 7 minutes 🙂 CUTIE PIE ALERT) You can click on the image to take you to the video, too.

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Also, take a look at some of the FANTASTIC resources available at the Women, Leadership and the Bible website.. I mean, seriously, look at this line up of guest speakers on everything from handling tricky topics to a host of women sharing one tip they’ve gleaned about bible study… all streaming right to your little screen at the touch of a button.

AND – I have one copy of Women, Leadership and The Bible to send to a lucky reader. Enter below, and tell a friend. (Sorry, entrants must be in the USA or Canada….)

Enjoy, friends. This is a good one.

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Is The ‘Women in Ministry’ Question A Gospel Issue?

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I sat down at the virtual table at the Passing the Saltshaker blog, where some online friends and I write about Christianity, the church and gender. This week we’re talking about where and how women belong in complementation churches and parachurch organizations.

Here’s a snippet from today’s post:

It was St. Augustine who wrote “in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” It seems to me that Christians in church and para-church alike all agree with Augustine. We all want unity on the essentials, and liberty on the non-essentials. The underlying issue, then, is whether we consider the question of roles and relationships of men and women in the church to be an essential, or non-essential doctrine.

In other words: is the issue of women in the church a ‘gospel issue’?

I believe that the amount of liberty we are willing to extend in gender applications is directly proportional to how firmly we believe our theology of gender to be an essential to the Christian faith.

Pull up a seat at the table and read the rest here….

Pick of the Clicks and a WINNER 2/8/2014

What a week! And some wonderful things online I’d like to recommend:

Loved this from Karen Swallow Prior at Her.meneutics this week: in response to the Dove beauty campaign, she writes We can’t all be beautiful. Well and wisely said.

In C.S. Lewis’ inimitable style, Kelsey did an incredible job of imitating Screwtape in his “Dear Wormwood” Letter for the unappreciated Mom. It is brilliant!

Jody Louise wrote a poignant and wonderful piece in Dear ‘Merica: a response to some of the very hateful words that were said about a Coca-Cola Superbowl ad. It is worth reading because it affirms the very best of America and Americans, and yet also truthful about areas where we all perhaps experience some blindness and double-standards in the ways we treat “them” differently to “us”. ‘Merica – please read this. (everyone – read this)

On the whole topic of Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow: Kristen Howerton’s brief but brilliant article on debating sexual abuse. Hint: if someone claims to have been abused, should you be publicly holding the victim up to intense scrutiny before offering compassion? (no)

Take Deirdre Sullivan’s advice: Always Go to the Funeral. Yes, it’s inconvenient. Go anyway.

Cara Strickland, who is my current favorite blogger, wrote this sensitive and excellent piece last week: divorce optional. Read it, and while you’re there… read more of Cara’s stuff!

Then, I loved the beginning of this post from Sarah Bessey so much I actually subscribed to Today’s Christian Woman so I could read the rest. It’s about how writing helped her discover her true voice – both on and off the page  Totally worth it, and there is just so much other good stuff at TCW – I’m looking forward to reading more!

If you haven’t see this yet, do your self a favor: Reasons my child is crying. Oh. My. Word. I had tears DRIPPING from my chin I laughed so hard.

I also made embarrassing snort noises laughing at this:

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And while we’re laughing: this made me laugh out loud too: and this is why women live longer than men. I mean no disrespect by posting something with that title… but the pictures are HILARIOUS.

Finally, on my blog this week:

I shared the story of my miscarriage in Let me tell you about Mini, and was deeply moved by how many people responded with stories of their own. Thank you so much for sharing your stories, thank you for sharing mine too. I am more convinced than ever that we need to talk about miscarriage and share our stories, because there are women all around us who are hurting and feeling desperately alone.

This week I also got to introduce you to the book I had the privilege of helping launch: The Locust Effect. (A brief overview of the book is here, and my particular thoughts on its application to South Africa here). And I also got to host a book giveaway….. and so without further ado (drum roll…..)

The winners are: Liz B (USA) and Jo S (Cape Town). Your books are on their way!

Thank you to everyone who read and shared the word about the Locust Effect this week. Truly, thank you. As always, I’d love to hear what you’ve enjoyed reading or writing. What did you like? What’s going on on your blog? Leave a comment below 🙂

Happy clicking, everyone.