Blue Parakeets in the House of Venus and Mars

In a most recent article graciously offered by cc, An Opportunity to be like Jesus, we are entertained for the briefest of moment by what has been a past spur in the foot, but as new and sharper thorns birth, has seemingly become only a nuance in the annals of church polity.

Candidly, with the rise of chat about the gay and lesbian movement in our nation, the role of women in the ministry of the church has lost much of its luster as a topic for discussion. So much so, I apologetically admit to having forgotten to acknowledge by book review an interesting and illuminating piece of work somewhat on the topic.

Blue Parakeet“Blue Parakeet” by Scot McKnight is subtitled “Rethinking How You Read the Bible,” but somewhere in the midst of about half way through his write, it becomes evident that the author will support a personal agenda in his argument of how we read our Bibles.

He is moved to note that we historically have gender-ized Scripture to benefit the male side of the male-female created image bearing relationship, who are not meant to be divided for the purpose of elevating either above the other.

His defense of this thought begins at the beginning; the creation account. In short, man was created alone so God took from the one and made two, but then quickly made the two back into one. Let that one sink in for a moment.

I think that if forgetfulness does not set in again, maybe someone will prod if so, that I would like to chew upon some of Mr. McKnight’s main points on this topic publicly. I may and may not find full agreement in everything he reveals, but at the heart of his work is an important and much needed to be discussed postulation. Is a gender-biased reading of the Bible a man made affair?

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12 Responses to Blue Parakeets in the House of Venus and Mars

  1. Hi Mike so good to catch up with you again, I haven’t seen you for some time, you sure have a hot topic with this message but I feel it’s needed with woman these days taking over the Leadership of Men in the Church.

    The Scriptures tell us there is no difference Spiritually between Men and Woman, we are all one in Christ Jesus and receive The Holy Spirit but we have different Roles and we also have gifts of The Spirit that are to be expressed within these roles. Both male and female are to witness and Minister to each other in the Body of Christ , to correct error, to rebuke sin and to share God’s Truth, we see this confirmed in Scripture, Paul also commended the woman in the early Church for contending with him for the gospel.

    Our God given role as woman is of great value and as faithful women who are anointed by God, we can be in Authority over other women and children as we share God’s Truth with them and as the Scriptures confirm there is a difference from a woman being an Evangelist under His Authority, then a woman being an Ordained Preacher and in Authority over men but we can share with men and in the Spirit they will recognize God’s Truth like they did with Deborah. They came to her because she did not teach in the Temple and she was under God’s Authority and spoke His words not her own, she also called herself a Mother which is a position of submission and rebuked Barack for wanting her to take a Leadership role, instead she encouraged him to do so.

    Woman are to be Helpmates they are not to Teach in Authority over men, 1 Timothy 2:11-14 which if they are Ordained they will do and the Scriptures also tell us they are not to speak in a Congregation of men and woman, 1 Corinthians 14:33-35, the word speak in the Greek means Preach or teach this is for all the Churches of God not just the early Church.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

    • mtsweat says:

      Hi Anne! It is really good to hear from you. Prayers all has been well “down under.” Thanks for your words friend and I hope as this series continues you will offer your valuable input to the conversation. The author of this book will no doubt make some feathers ruffle while beckoning a healthy amen from others. Have a blessed day in the Lord… both of you!

  2. Thanks. Please keep up the good work.

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  3. gospelofbarney says:

    I think we are as biased as we make it. Always start from scripture, though, and not political agendas. I am open to sound biblical rational, but chaff at those who come with feminist theology, liberation theology, you can tell where they are going to end up by where they began!

  4. Rob Barkman says:

    Looking forward to your review, brother. Sounds as if it is a very interesting book that presents an entirely different viewpoint of the Word than what most of us are acquainted. Lord bless.

    • mtsweat says:

      Sorry for the delayed response Pastor Rob. Caught away (no, not the rapture). 🙂 Looking forward to your also contributing good friend to keep the practical and historical rendering of biblical exploration in check. Blessings!

      • Rob Barkman says:

        MT,

        Sorry I haven’t commented more on your stuff. I have been swamped as of late and really struggling to keep up with my stuff as well. Lord bless you !

  5. ccragamuffin says:

    Looking forward to a complete review. Just his argument for reading the Bible as story, with “wiki-stories”…that alone made reading the book worthwhile. I think it is providential that you were sidetracked until after your mission trip to Senegal. One of the illuminating examples that McKnight uses when he writes about HOW we read our Bible is foreign mission work. He points out how missions of the past failed when they imposed a foreign culture on another culture. I picture the cultural context of Senegal that you experienced and how you saw it used to reach that particular group, but how different that is from the cultural context of missionary friends of mine in Asia…and how different both are from the context I share the Gospel with in my neighborhood. Hope to read more soon!!! Prod, prod.

    • mtsweat says:

      Very astute analysis of my forgetfulness… I like it much better than I’m getting old. 🙂 Great thoughts you add. This is a work I highly recommend many read, for if not the highlight I mention, for those you bring to light. His “wiki-stories” discernment is most interesting. Thanks!

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