Our church is getting ready to make the "radical" move to incorporate female leaders in our ministries and worship assembly. I know, I know... you may be thinking It's 2020, and it's about time! But for a lot of people this is one of the defining characteristics of what makes a church a "Church of Christ." We're the church that doesn't use instruments and doesn't allow women to lead. But that is slowly changing, and I do mean slowly. Sure, some of the larger churches of Christ around the US have already started using instrumentation in their worship services and allowing the voices of women to be featured. But those are not the majority. It's still very rare for a church of our size and location (smaller, rural church) to make that kind of move. So why did we do it? Why rock the boat? We believe that it is the right thing to do in order to more fully become the Kingdom of God as those living in the New Creation. It's not a gimm
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Over the course of the last month I have written about 20,000 words on the topic and men and women in the church, specifically focusing on what role women have played and can play in the Kingdom. I have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback. I realize that there are a lot of individual posts to go back and read through. So if you would like you are welcome to view and download the entire series by clicking this link: MALE AND FEMALE Full Document I also have several additional resources listed at the end of the document. Here are links to most of them: BOOKS: Scot McKnight, A Fellowship of Differents Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet N.T. Wright, Surprised by Scripture James Jeffers, The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era PODCASTS: Kindy DeLong, "Men and Women in Church Leadership, part 1" Kindy DeLong, "Men and Women in Church Leadership, part 2" Kindy DeLong, "Men and Women in Church Leadership, part 3"
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I recently finished reading an excellent book coauthored by Len Sweet ( The Gospel According to Starbucks, Soul Tsunami ) and Frank Viola ( Pagan Christianity, Reimagining the Church ). There have been throughout the centuries many pendulum swings of Christological thought. It seems that many theologians and scholars are content to take up arms in the debate between the "Jesus of History" and the "Christ of Faith." Leaning too much to any one extreme, however, misses the richness and beauty of the God-Man that we worship. Sweet and Viola have done an outstanding job of refocusing the reader's mind and heart onto the true awesomeness of Jesus the Christ. At the same time, they tackle the tough questions about living as the body of Christ on the earth. I thought I'd start back writing again with some reflections on various parts of the book. Introduction: I think this paragraph helps to set the stage for the rest of the book: "So what is Christianity