Can Women be Elders? No, Why Not?

In attempt to provide a follow-up or three to my post from last Friday (“Leadership in the Church is Male,” found here.) I wanted to take some time to flesh out some of the arguments I made against women being elders in the church. Therefore, I thought it best to take a closer look at some of the points I have previously made. In order to do this I will begin by providing a survey of the Scriptures to determine if a model of male leadership is surveyorpresent or not. Thereafter, key texts of the New Testament will be examined to discern which of the two views – complementarian or egalitarian –  is able to derive support from Scripture; these texts will include 1 Timothy 2:11-12 and Galatians 3:28.… Continue reading

Leadership in the Church is Male

To address the elephant that inevitably crowds its way into any discussion concerning the elephantcompeting views of leadership within the church, I will start by saying that I in no way condone the subjugation, devaluation, mistreatment, or dehumanization of women. I believe that women are equally created in the image of our God, equally saved by grace and faith in Jesus Christ, and equally spiritually gifted by the Holy Spirit. However, as I hold to the position in this discussion normally referred to as Complementarianism, I do believe that even as all of these things are true so also is it true that God created men and women differently in order that they fulfill different roles within creation.… Continue reading

Christians and the 10 Commandments

Eric Liddell“And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” The life of Eric Liddell is among my favorite stories from church history (albeit recent). We can almost hear the tune to the award winning “Chariots of Fire” movie that highlighted the Olympic year of 1924, when Liddell did something that was absolutely unheard of in athletic history. He was quickly dubbed, “The Greatest Athlete in the World,” after he annihilated the previous 400m world record, coming across the finish line in 47.6 seconds.  He was the first in history to run the race at a full sprint. In his own words, “I run the first 200m as hard hard as I can.… Continue reading

Customized, Hand-tailored Worship

Custom-TailoredWe live in a world that is completely customized to our liking. Social media takes note of what I “like” to expose me to further options that they think I’d enjoy. Concurrently, Google is tracking my searches and the webpages I frequent, so that they can make my experience completely tailored to my tastes. Yes, even by being on helps the internet know more about who I am. Our world caters to our desires and habits.  Grocery stores track what we regularly purchase, and provide appropriate coupons. Now, you can even have a fridge that will tell you what’s inside, when food is about to expire, and the ingredients you’ve got to buy to create a terrific main course dish.… Continue reading

So What is an Elder, Anyway?

Church ElderI had occasion recently to reflect back on a time when I was a fairly new Christian and a new member of a local church; a church in which there was much discussion concerning becoming or submitting to becoming an “elder-led” church. At the time I wasn’t really sure what everyone was on about, as I didn’t even know what an elder was, so I asked a few questions and learned a great deal about leadership in the local church. One of the things that struck me was the seriousness of discovering or recognizing the men who the Lord was raising up to take on this role within the Church.… Continue reading