Preferences. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a preference is “the fact that you like something or someone more than another thing or person.” I prefer hamburgers, pizza, hotdogs, or BBQ at every meal. I prefer to watch the NFL over College Football (Go Broncos!). I prefer to watch a movie of a classic novel than read the book (looking at you Lord of the Rings). I prefer to be outside during a thunderstorm than be inside. I prefer vanilla over chocolate. I prefer to study late into the night over getting up early. I prefer the mountains over the beach (unless I’m on the Oregon coast, then I can have both at the same time).… Continue reading
In Exemplary Spiritual Leadership author and pastor Jerry Wragg takes on the notion of much of modern evangelicalism in the realm of what characteristics and qualifications a man must possess in order to be a leader within the Church. The entire tome works to explain the differences between what God demands and what the world seeks in a leader. In the conclusion Wragg offers the following definition of leadership,
“It is the God-given ability to influence others through the power of a godly life and the wisdom gained in the practice of truth.” (p. 144).
From an experiential perspective, this is perhaps the best definition of the term as it applies to the Church I have come across so far in my Christian walk.… Continue reading
In this series of articles concerning the role of eldership and women I have undertaken to establish that leadership in the church is male, here; that Scripture provides for us a pattern of male leadership for God’s people, here; and that likewise Scripture actually prohibits women from participating in two of the main activities of elders – teaching mixed groups of adults and exercising authority over the same, here. Finally, here today I will address the common claim that Galatians 3:28 makes all of these previous arguments moot in the entire discussion.
Many egalitarians agree that the instructions provided in 1 Timothy 2 regarding women, teaching, and the exercise of authority are nothing more than the importation of Roman household codes into the church.… Continue reading
As I have spent a lot of time considering the sufficiency of Scripture in addressing the various questions regarding the conduct of one’s life, I had to recognize as well that it addresses all the questions relating to the conduct of Christians within the context of the local church gathering. What’s more, as I believe that Scripture speaks authoritatively and without error on those issues I must search the pages of the Bible in order to answer any questions or objections folks have to the restriction of the role of elder to men. That shall be the purpose of this post, to look at the one passage in particular that is so often the center of the disagreement to determine exactly what it has to say and how we must respond.… Continue reading
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 present 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