This is what the tortured, twisted logic of patriarchy looks like

The other day, John Piper fielded a question about whether women should be police officers. His response highlights the tortured logic necessary to make patriarchy “work” in the real world. Worth noting: the woman asking is a complementarian. She believes, like Piper, that men lead and women follow. Yet she feels drawn to police work and … Continue reading This is what the tortured, twisted logic of patriarchy looks like

Matt Chandler, The Village Church, and the unresolved issue

I mentioned the situation at The Village Church (TVC) in my previous post about patriarchy and sexual abuse. (For those who don’t know, TVC tried to “discipline” a former member for annulling her marriage after she learned her husband was using child porn. Lead pastor Matt Chandler has since apologized. You can read more about … Continue reading Matt Chandler, The Village Church, and the unresolved issue

Sexual abuse won’t stop unless the church puts women in power

Bill Gothard. Doug Phillips. Sovereign Grace Ministries. Bob Jones University. Josh Duggar. The Village Church. Oh, and lest we think this is purely an evangelical phenomenon—or that fundamentalists are the only ones who minimize abuse, marginalize women, and harbor their abusers—John Howard Yoder. There is no single, magic answer to the epidemic of abuse in the … Continue reading Sexual abuse won’t stop unless the church puts women in power

We need feminism because my daughter thinks most TV shows are for boys

Most weekday mornings, I get my daughter up. It’s a frenzied ritual of brushing teeth, combing hair, trying to persuade her that wool sweaters aren’t the greatest choice for the middle of summer (even in Michigan), and finally—after a series of delicate and sometimes tense negotiations—helping her get dressed in her chosen outfit. Then I make my way to my … Continue reading We need feminism because my daughter thinks most TV shows are for boys

“Boys can be anything they want. Girls can be princesses.”

I don’t usually find flipping through the Christian book catalog to be an uplifting experience. Take the one that was waiting on my front porch this week… There’s yet another children’s book reducing the gospel to a formula. There’s one reinforcing the notion of heaven as a disembodied reality “out there” somewhere. There are Duck … Continue reading “Boys can be anything they want. Girls can be princesses.”

Listening to other voices: it won’t just happen by accident

There was a time, even after I had embraced gender equality, when most of the voices I listened to — theologians, bloggers, etc. — were men. I don’t think I planned it that way. But years of believing that only men could talk authoritatively about the Bible had conditioned me to tune out female voices. Even after … Continue reading Listening to other voices: it won’t just happen by accident