Have you ever considered the possibility that when Christians disagree, an opportunity presents itself for a changed heart and mind? If you’re like me, as I feel many are, my first instinctive mode is defensive when someone challenges my imparted doctrine.
Take for thought that of the role of women in the church. I realize that everyone reading this isn’t from the old school, set in patristic ways, but I think the discussion takes place even still in the most forwarded and liberal locales no matter how women’s ministries have evolved for their inclusion. An honest observation is that we Christian men are probably capable of wielding a chauvinistic mindset even in our steadfast denial to do so.
A very crafty (not really) friend placed a piece of work in my hands that is dourly causing me to rethink those very straightforward statements by Paul regarding the women serving beside me in church and especially the one who lives with and sleeps beside me in our home.
I’ll not divulge the title of the book yet, nor the author here, as I’m in a sort of digestive mode (that beats defensive mode any day), but intend to offer some articles in the near future where I’ll introduce both.
In the meantime, I beg of your feedback, “Is it right to read Scripture through tradition and historical culture, or along beside it? Before answering, meditate for a moment or two on how the New Testament authors read and applied the Old.”