When a Gospel of Servanthood and Suffering Stands in the Way of Equality and Justice

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Transcription:Question: What if the wife is the victim of the husband's hostility?Answer: There is no "victim" if we understand that we are called to suffer for righteousness. "For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps." I Peter 2:21 Christ was not a victim! He willingly gave His life for us. "By whose stripes you were healed . . . likewise you wives . . . " I Peter 2:24; 3:1 Christ's life teaches us h … [Read more...]

John Piper on Submission and Abused Women

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Thanks to Sarah Moon, I recently came upon a video from a few years back where John Piper discusses whether God requires married women to submit to abuse at their husbands hands. Piper recently clarified his views, though without really improving them, as discussed by Sarah in this post (which is well worth a read!). See also Dianna Anderson's take (which is also well worth a read!). Honestly, the fact that this sort of question is still considered a weighty and complex matter by a figure as r … [Read more...]

Suzanne Venker’s War on Men

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Suzanne Venker wrote an article called "The War on Men" for Fox News. I decided I would avoid it. Other blogs have it covered, after all. I almost succeeded avoiding the topic until I came upon these quotes from her explanation defending her original piece:  Women should understand that they absolutely can be strong and independent and be married, but that being feminine and vulnerable and taking on that more traditional role as being dependent on a man and letting him have some say in the mat … [Read more...]

“A truly loving husband won’t take advantage”

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A twitterer recently tweeted this at me: "In marriage it is her duty but if her husband truly loves her he will never make her have sex just because they are married." If I had a dollar for every time someone said something like this, I'd be rich. It goes like this (and Debi Pearl's books are really chock full of it): God requires women to submit to their husbands, but truly loving husbands won't take unfair advantage of that. Let's dissect this, shall we?Requirement: According to t … [Read more...]

From “Legal” Coverture to “Visionary” Coverture

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You remember that piece I wrote a while ago about a World Magazine writer explaining why she changed her name when getting married? Well, her husband has commented on that piece arguing that I misunderstood what was said in the essay, so I made added a correction to the end of my post. But doing so made me think again about the whole name changing thing - and about why it was seen as completely natural, obvious, and mandatory in the conservative evangelical community in which I was raised. And … [Read more...]

“Suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man”

Women's ROle

The Friendly Atheist recently posted an the results of a survey on women in the church, and was shocked to find that some churches don't allow women to teach men. Frankly, I was surprised that the number was so low - only 3%. Because, well, growing up that was just how things were.I remember that there was a woman who wanted to teach my high school AWANA group at a fundamentalist church across town. Thing is, there were, well, teenage boys in the class. The elders had to discuss whether it … [Read more...]

“Little Bundles of Sin”: Evangelical Child Rearing

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I recently ran across a truly excellent article on the politics of the conservative family (seriously, go read the whole thing). I found the section on children and child rearing especially pertinent to my own experiences and a helpful overview of a lot of the particularities of evangelical and fundamentalist views toward children and child rearing. I'm going to quote from this section, pausing every couple of paragraphs for some commentary. ...Drawing in part on their belief in original sin … [Read more...]


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