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Book review: Discovering Biblical Equality

Post a Comment » Written on November 15th, 2012     
Filed under: Book & Commentary, Testimonies and Stories


Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity without Hierarchy by Ronald W. Pierce and Rebecca Merril Groothuis (Eds). (2004). Intervarsity Press.

This book provides an excellent and comprehensive overview of discussions around women in ministry in the church, and explores a whole range of issues – historical, biblical, theological and practical. The editors sought to write a book that positively explained biblical equality and that fostered dialogue with people who might disagree. It also seeks to encourage women and men in their gifting for ministry, marriage and friendships, without hierarchy. It certainly accomplishes all of these aims. It takes each of the bible passages that are used to speak out against equality and thoroughly yet accessibly seeks to help the reader understand them in their intended context. In addition to the in-depth bible studies, the book also offers discussion around wider historical and sociological backgrounds. In addition, the reader is encouraged to discus and debate what this means in practice for our churches today, closing wih an encouragement toward reconciliation between people on opposite sides of the ‘schism’.

This is a refreshing book which engages in dialogue with the reader. It is definitely a book to add to the bookcase as you will keep referring back to it. And it is a book to recommend widely to friends and colleagues, especially those who might simply never have heard the arguments in favor of  biblical gender equality. I highly recommend it.


You can buy this book from IndieBound or AbeBooks.

Book review by Alice Hague

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Tell Us Your Story

Post a Comment » Written on November 8th, 2012     
Filed under: Testimonies and Stories

Did you know every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten? Do you know anyone impacted by domestic violence this year? Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. One in every four women has experienced domestic violence in her life. Are you one? Would you share your story with us? How have you felt supported or ignored? What would you like the leaders in your local church to know about how to support victims of domestic violence? How would having a woman pastor or women on your leadership staff make a difference? What support are men in your local church leading in awareness and advocacy on domestic violence? How can we make our churches a safe place for these girls and women? Let us hear from you!

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Women in Ministry Articles, May 2009

1 Comment » Written on November 4th, 2012     
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This collection of articles (from The Covenant Quarterly, May 2009) is a continuation of the dialogue on women in ministry in the Covenant. The articles represent several views of persons recognized in the ECC for their scholarship and leadership: Jo Ann Deasy, Paul E. Koptak, Hauna Ondrey, Klyne Snodgrass, Amanda Olson, and Mae Cannon. Some of the titles include, A Case for Unrestricted Ministry of Women, Reframing the Issue: Women’s Ordination in the ECC, and Three Decades Later: Credentialed Clergywomen in the Covenant.

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