Discussion of “Malestrom” by Carolyn Custis James (Part Three)

Discussion of Malestrom by Carolyn Custis James (Part Three)Here I will be responding to Chapters 2 and 3 of Malestrom: “Patriarchy Matters” and “The Father Wound” respectively. Some of what I say may not make sense unless you’ve read the book’s Introduction and Chapter 1 and my responses to those in Parts One and Two of this series.I couldn’t agree more with the main thesis of Chapter 2: “Patriarchy Matters”: “Illusions of superiority and inferiority have no place in the kingdom of God.” … [Read more...]

Please Remove National Flags from Your Christian Worship Spaces: A Plea on Behalf of the Flag

Please Remove National Flags from Your Christian Worship Spaces: A Plea on Behalf of the FlagNotice I didn’t say “American flags.” However, my main concern here is about the prevalence of American flags in American Christian worship spaces. I recently visited a large Baptist church that not only had the American flag hanging on a pole on the platform (that’s what Baptists typically call the chancel area); it also had a large American flag hanging from the ceiling above the pulpit and communi … [Read more...]

Discussion of “Malestrom” by Carolyn Custis James (Part Two)

Discussion of Malestrom by Carolyn Custis James (Part Two)In Chapter 1, “The Genesis of the Malestrom,” Carolyn Custis James explains what I have long believed—that men and women share the image of God equally and that patriarchy is a result of the fall, not part of the intended pattern of creation. Also, contrary to belief that “this is a man’s world” (intended prescriptively, not only descriptively), Christians ought to recognize and live out the truth that this is God’s world. It does not … [Read more...]

Over Reactions and the Search for Balance

I'm a historical theologian and I tell my students that the history of Christian theology is a series of pendulum swings--reactions that are often over reactions to events, movements, etc. I think this is true of cultural history in general. Let me give some examples.The second century Christian bishops' response to Montanism was an over reaction that had extremely negative consequences. Instead of the church being where the Spirit is, the church became defined as where the bishop … [Read more...]

What’s with the Popularity of Off-Beat Political Candidates?

What’s with the Popularity of Off-Beat Political Candidates?Many people are scratching their heads over the growing popularity of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. (To be specific—as a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination as its presidential candidate next year. However, Trump has made some indications he may run as an independent should he not receive that nomination, so I think it’s fair to just call him a “presidential candidate.”) That popularity, to say nothing of Trum … [Read more...]

Discussion of “Malestrom” by Carolyn Custis James (Part One)

Discussion of Malestrom by Carolyn Custis James (Part One)I recently announced here that I would begin a series of blog posts based on evangelical author Carolyn Custis James’s new book Malestrom:Manhood Swept into the Currents of A Changing World (Zondervan, 2015). I realize most interested people will not have had time to order and receive a hard copy of the book. So, after this first post in the series, I’ll wait a few days until posting Part Two. This is to whet your appetite. Of course, … [Read more...]

An Invitation to Discuss “Malestrom” by Carolyn Custis James

An Invitation to Discuss Malestrom by Carolyn Custis JamesEither serendipity or providence. Just a few weeks ago I was on a panel discussing Christ and Gender with Ben Witherington and Carolyn Custis James at the MissioAlliance gathering in Alexandria, Virginia. It’s an explosive issue; whatever a person says will inevitably spark some strong disagreement, if not harsh criticism, from someone else. But we were all civil to each other and found common ground and raised a lot of questions. D … [Read more...]


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