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When we wrote the ReKnew Manifesto, one of the issues we were passionate about was helping people rethink gender issues within the church. Part of the Manifesto reads:
Against the long-standing patriarchal mindset of the Church tradition, ReKnew is passionate about encouraging husbands and wives to assume an egalitarian mindset in their marriages, and passionate about urging local Church communities to empower women to serve in any leadership capacity for which they are gifted and called to serve.
Because of this, we’re really thrilled that Rachel Held Evans is doing a series called “Submit to One Another: Christ and the Household Codes”. The Household Codes are a set of Scriptures that have traditionally been used to advocate for a hierarchical family structure with husbands at the top of the pyramid (complementarianism) versus a family structure based upon mutual submission (egalitarianism). You should definitely check this series out!
Here’s a little selection from a post in the series entitled “Four Interpretive Pitfalls Around the New Testament Household Codes”:
From this perspective, there is much we can learn from the household codes about confronting our own privilege, keeping whatever power we may have in check, responding to our feelings of powerlessness, practicing mutual submission in our marriages, and imitating Christ in all of our interpersonal relationships. We apply the Household Codes most faithfully to our own lives, not when we use them to reinforce power structures and hierarchy, but when we use them to break those power structures down at the foot of the cross.
We hope you’ll read the whole blog post when you get some time. Also, don’t forget to check out the second installment in the series that Rachel posted today. It’s a creative take on Colossians that explores how this letter must have sounded to the first readers. Amazing.
The Case for Women in Ministry
Kathy’s Struggle with Temptation Kathy was one of the brightest students I ever had when I taught Theology at Bethel University. She asked insightful questions and often contributed to lively class discussions. The time and energy she put into her theology classes was motivated by more than just a desire to get a good grade.…
Part 10 (of 15): Who Gets To Interpret The World?
Assessing Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life by Greg Boyd In my previous two posts (post 8 & post 9) I critically evaluated Peterson’s thinking on hierarchies, race and white privilege. In this post I’ll address three other aspects of Peterson’s thought that was outlined in post 5, post 6, and post 7. On the…
Must wives submit to husbands?
The apostle Paul writes: Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to…
Podcast: Dear Greg: What Should I Do If My Husband Wants a Divorce Due To His Desire to Live as a Gay Man?
God is a God of broken covenants. Greg considers broken covenants and what to do in the rubble of one. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0279.mp3
When Good Choices Are Not Enough
J J via Compfight Our friend Rachel Held Evans posted on the CNN Belief Blog in response to a blog on Dave Ramsey’s website entitled The 20 Things Rich People Do Every Day. Rachel points out, rightly, that Dave Ramsey has helped many people get rid of debt and make wise financial changes in their lives. But…
Rachel Held Evans Interviews Greg on Benefit of the Doubt
We shared an interview that Frank Viola did with Greg yesterday, and we’re thrilled to share an interview that Rachel Held Evans posted today. Rachel is very familiar with the resistance and criticism that comes when dearly held beliefs are challenged. We feel like she is a kindred spirit in this regard. We hope you’ll…