October 17, 2018

Scott Lencke: Can Women Be Church Leaders? The NT Household Codes

Note from CM: Gender issues continue to provoke lively debate within the evangelical churches. Scott Lencke takes up the subject again for us today, reminding us in the process that how one approaches and reads the Bible plays a crucial role in understanding matters like this. Scott blogs at The Prodigal Thought. After reading this, […]

The gospels according to James and Thomas – an exercise in understanding oral tradition

Let me introduce you to William Robert Bell, my Irish great grandfather.  He died of the what was then called the Spanish Flu that swept the world in 1918, one hundred years ago.  He was 38 at the time.  He was married to Sarah Jane Gordon, and had three children, Ria, Thomas (my Grandfather), and […]

Freedom from the family for the family

There’s a nice article at Christianity Today challenging the prevalent, ongoing “focus on the family” mentality of the American church. In it, Rebecca McLaughlin gives five reasons “Why I Don’t Sit with My Husband at Church” on Sunday mornings. There’s one big reason: McLaughlin believes that congregations must be more open to showing hospitality to […]

Stuck with their noses in the text

Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” • Matthew 9:13 • • • In her book, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse, Ruth Tucker references a prominent preacher who promotes the “complementarian” view of gender roles and who gives unrealistic advice in an […]

Black & White Bible, Black & Blue Wife: Ruth Tucker’s Story

He dwelleth wyth his wyfe according to knowledge, that taketh her as a necessary helper, and not as a bonde servante, or a bonde slave. And yf she be not obedient and healpful unto hym, endeavoureth to beate the feare of God into her heade, that thereby she maye be compelled to learne her dutie, […]

Walter Wangerin: Ignoring God’s Staged Armistice

In his book, Ragman: And Other Cries of Faith, Walter Wangerin writes about the way he and his wife Thanne fought throughout their marriage. Their bouts would follow a pattern. He talked. She was silent. Then she would cry. He would sigh to signal that he had troubles too, and would ask her what was the […]

iMonk Classic: Running Wounded

1606  Every man experiences evil around him and within himself. This experience makes itself felt in the relationships between man and woman. Their union has always been threatened by discord, a spirit of domination, infidelity, jealousy, and conflicts that can escalate into hatred and separation. This disorder can manifest itself more or less acutely, and […]

Unique

Note from CM: In this post, I will not be writing about same-sex marriages. They will be mentioned, but what I have to say is not about them. If you think SSM or other forms of “marriage” should be discussed in the comments, I will only agree if you are including them to talk about the […]

Luther’s surprisingly “modern” view of marriage

At home I have good wine and beer and a good wife, or, shall I say, lord. • Martin Luther • • • This past weekend, we celebrated my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. I’ve been thinking a lot about the vocation of marriage and family lately. One of Martin Luther’s greatest contributions was his emphasis […]

Another Look: The NT “Haustafeln”

Note from CM: This post was originally written in 2011. Recently, I’ve been following a sermon series that has been going on in a church with which I’m familiar. They are dealing with some of the passages mentioned in this post in typical conservative evangelical fashion. The fact that I put it that way will […]