I could write a long rant on the topic of women in church leadership. In fact, I probably have. I’m just too lazy to google my own blog to find my categorically egalitarian musings.
That short intro paragraph to say, whatever position you take on this issue, Scot McKnight’s essay, Junia is Not Alone is a must read. It’s a $2.99 eBook from Amazon – which some might consider steep for an essay.
If you trust me at all, trust me when I say that it’s worth every penny and then some.
From Scot’s intro:
Moving toward my second decade of teaching college students, more than half of whom grow up in a church, of this I am certain: churches don’t talk about the women of the Bible. Of Mary mother of Jesus they have heard, and even then not all of what they have heard is accurate. But of the other woman saints of the Bible, including Miriam, the prophetic national music director, or Esther, the dancing queen, or Phoebe, the benefactor of Paul’s missions, or Priscilla, the teacher, they’ve heard almost nothing.
Why the silence?
Why do we consider the mother/wife of Proverbs 31 an ideal female image but shush the language of the romantic Shulammite woman of the Song of Songs? Why are we so obsessed with studying the “subordination” of women to men but not a woman like Deborah, who subordinated men and enemies? Why do we believe that we are called to live out Pentecost’s vision of Spirit-shaped life but ignore what Peter predicted would happen? That “(i)n the last days… your sons and daughters will prophesy. .” and that “(e)ven on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit.”
Why the silence?
Why the silence, indeed?
I found out about this essay when I took a moment away from working on a script. As is my wont, I checked my RSS feed and saw Scot’s post on Junia is Not Alone. I immediately bought it at Amazon, and thought I’d glance at it before I continued with my work.
Well, that glance turned into reading it all. It’s not that long as mentioned.
I finished it with tears in my eyes.
Scot has written a number of important books. This essay is right up there with the best of them.
And, no matter where you are in the complimentarian/egalitarian discussion, this book is truly a must read.
UPDATE: Read Jamie Arpin-Ricci’s review.