“Thus Male Headship” – Christianity and Gender Essentialism

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsMy last two posts have involved the use of sociological studies by Christians, in support of the doctrine of male headship, known in its harsher and gentler forms, respectively, as "Christian patriarchy" or "complementarianism."  Using science as a support for our premises is very characteristic of the culture of Western thought in which most of us have been steeped since birth. And of course, rebutting or debunking the science or scientific methodology behind premises we disagree with, comes from the same basic mindset.The problem, as I mentioned in my last post, is when we pounce on evidence that seems to support our own pos … [Read more...]

Male Headship and the Problem of Power

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsSeveral people have asked me privately to follow up on the radio conversation I participated in on Up For Debate last weekend on the topic "Does God Expect Men to be Spiritual Leaders?"  They asked me to focus specifically on what was said by the caller-in named "Linda."The comments on my blog post about the radio show also were focused on that portion of the broadcast-- so I will say now what I wish I had been prepared and had time to say then. … [Read more...]

Kristen Rosser on Moody Radio

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Tomorrow morning at 9 am est/ 8 am ct one of NLQ's writers, Kristen Rosser, will be on the Moody Radio discussion show "Up For Debate" The topic this Saturday morning will be "Does God Expect Men to Be Spiritual Leaders?"For more information on the show please visit Moody Radio's Up For Debate homepage. Moody Radio is part of Moody Ministries and Moody Bible College. … [Read more...]

“Equal But Subordinate” and Soft Complementarinism

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's Words My analysis of the "Equal but Subordinate" teaching on women in Christianity seems to be turning into a series.  I didn't intend to do this, but I do believe the implications of this teaching in its various manifestations should be addressed fully.  This, then, is Part 3 (and I hope the conclusion!) … [Read more...]

Why Protesting “Equal But Subordinate” is Not Just Me Having a Problem With Authority

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsI received some feedback in the comments on my last post regarding the logical fallacy of claiming women are equal and yet divinely intended for eternal subordination to men.  Here is a quote from the comments: … [Read more...]

The Logical Fallacy of “Equal But Subordinate”

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's Words Julie Anne over at Spiritual Sounding Board has drawn the blogosphere's attention this week to an article that the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood ("CBMW") posted in its Spring 2006 Journal entitled "Relationships and Roles in the New Creation," written by Mark David Walton. Spiritual Sounding Board put up its first post on this dated March 12, 2014, and the CBMW has since removed this article from its website.  However, this screen shot captures the withdrawn article. … [Read more...]

Illustrative of Complementarism: Yes… But Not In The Way He Thinks

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsThis week John Ensor posted at the Desiring God blog a piece called "An Olympic Lesson for Husbands and Wives."  Here are a few reasons he thinks pairs ice skating is the perfect metaphor and illustration of Christian complementarian (male-headship) marriage: … [Read more...]

The Creation-Evolution Debate and the Genres of Genesis 1 & 2-3

"Are The Fish Sinners?" - Bill Nye

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsA lot of people have been talking this week about the Bill Nye/Ken Ham Debate on Creationism vs. Evolution.  So I decided to weigh in with where I stand on this issue.When I converted to Christianity at the age of 15, I was taught that one of the things I had to embrace if I was going to follow Jesus was young-earth creationism.  The Bible "clearly" taught that God had made the earth in six 24-hour days and that the earth is 6000 to 10,000 years old. So I read several books … [Read more...]

Fitting In (Or Not)

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by Kristin Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsIt seems like I've spent most of my life until recently trying to fit in, and worrying about not fitting in. When I was young, like most kids who aren't into sports, fashion or other aspects of mainstream culture, I looked for alternate groups to belong to-- and found them in high school through band and the speech team, and eventually, in the church. … [Read more...]

Christian Cliches: “Don’t Be Lukewarm”

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by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsWhen I was a member of Maranatha Campus Ministries in college in the early 1980s, we used to drive five hours to Seattle every few months for a regional "Maranatha Leadership Training Seminar," or "MLTS."  Maranatha considered every member of its churches to be in training for some sort of Christian leadership.   If you were called to Maranatha, you were supposed to be part of a special rank of Christians-- God knew who His leaders were and deliberately called us into this ministry.  We were meant to stand out, to be a cut above. … [Read more...]


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