Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, Public Domain
Today, someone shared an article with me that made my stomach ache. It was a post written by a complementarian female blogger asking other female bloggers to respond to the assertion that blogging about theology on the Internet violates 1 Timothy 2:11-14, which forbids women to teach men. While a couple of the women boldly affirmed the ridiculousness of said assertion, some of the other statements outright saddened me [bold emphasis added]: Continue reading →
A couple of years ago, I abandoned complementarian theology. At the time, I abandoned it because it wasn’t working for me. But now that I’ve had a couple of years on the outside, I know I will never return to it. Here’s why:
“I can’t believe they hired a woman to preach there. What a shame.”
My family and I were driving past the church that my dad had previously pastored. I was nine years old at the time, a firm believer in Christ, and the statement struck me as odd.
“What’s wrong with a woman preaching?” I asked.
“The Bible says women aren’t allowed to preach or pastor churches. That’s only for men.”
A terrible grief pierced my heart. Really, God? I wondered. You would save me from my sins, teach me your Word, fill me with your Spirit, cause me to love you with my whole heart, then say I can’t minister in your church because…I have a vagina?? I just couldn’t believe it. Continue reading →