Category Archives: Church

Carr-a story shaped by trauma

As I understand it, trauma is an overwhelming, haunting experience of disaster so explosive in its impact that it cannot be directly encountered and influences the individual/group’s behavior in indirect ways. This is David M. Carr’s definition of trauma in … Continue reading

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The Benedict Option considered again

I have been thinking about what is called the Benedict Option for a while. It is Rod Dreher’s proposal for Christians to strategically withdraw from the political culture wars.  Last August in the midst of America’s train-wreck of an election, I … Continue reading

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Some old gossip about Moses’ marriage

This week I am going to post some things that relate in one way or another to Moses and the Exodus.  It is Passover week, after all. I am a sucker for stories from the Daily Mail, even though I … Continue reading

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Lee-Barnewall–mutuality

Michelle Lee-Barnewall ends her Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian with a chapter where she tries to reframe the whole issue of male-female relationships in the contemporary church and family.  Her proposal is move beyond questions of what women can and cannot … Continue reading

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Lee-Barnewall–leaders as slaves

The claim of evangelical complementarians is that there is a special, God-authorized leadership role for men in the family and in the church. In a chapter of Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian about leadership, Michelle Lee-Barnewall refrains from challenging this. Instead … Continue reading

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Lee-Barnewall–a transcendent perspective

Michelle Lee-Barnewall turns to the biblical basis for gender relations.  This is in her book, Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian Her first category is the kingdom of God.  The issue here is whether the post-French Revolution idea of egalitarianism applies to … Continue reading

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Lee-Barnewall–egalitarian usefulness

I am continuing to write about Michelle Lee- Barnewall’s Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian. She talks about the women’s suffrage movement as one of the social reform movements that grew out of 19th century activism. However, she does not talk about how … Continue reading

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