personal-freedom

Freedom and Calling

A couple weeks ago I posted about the connection between freedom and identity. Our experience of freedom, and ability to act freely, is inseparable from our sense of self. Do we know who we are? Are we able to move through the world with all of the strength and assuredness that comes from being God’s […]

My Complements…

The good folks at Christians for Biblical Equality provided me with a copy of N. T. Wright’s 2004 talk, “Biblical Basis for Women’s Service in the Church.” Wright introduces his talk by making some observations as an “outsider” to the American Evangelical way of framing the issue and holding the debate. In particular, Wright hesitates […]

Unifying Spirit

Last week I tied together some reflections on Pentecost with the ongoing discussions about women in ministry. I got questions from two different sides but pushing on the same point of my exposition. Some saw the passage in Acts, or my reading of it, as an indication that we shouldn’t ordain anyone others that we […]

Spirit of Pentecost

Joshua wasn’t sure how far things should go. He liked that Moses led. He liked standing guard while Moses entered the tent and served as mediator. He didn’t like it when Moses’ ground was encroached upon. But Moses had a different vision: A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in […]

A Time to Speak

“Sometimes silence is golden. Sometimes, it’s just plain yella‘.” That one-liner is one of my a summary takeaways from this weekend’s Christians for Biblical Equality conference in Houston. The gathering was a multifaceted engagement with God’s calling of women into all ministries of the church: there was teaching, digging into scripture, and, perhaps most importantly, […]

Houston Conference

This weekend! If you’re in or around Houston, TX, I’d love to see you at the Christians for Biblical Equality conference ! My talk, “Walking by the Light of New Creation’s Dawn,” will be working out the importance of finding our place as participants in the New Creation when dealing with issues of gender in […]

Imaging the Biblical God

Rachel Held Evans has drawn attention to John Piper’s recent declarations that Christianity has a masculine feel, and that this is, of course, great news for everyone–even women, whose feminine feel isn’t, apparently, part of what God intended for Christianity. Piper’s point is that God intentionally depicted Himself in masculine imagery, and that this sets […]

What’s On Your Plate?

Slowing the blogging pace and stepping back for a week or two over the holidays, I started to think about what streams of conversation are flowing with particular force these days. Over the past couple of years there have been emergent or missional conversations that always provided ready fodder for conversation. But those streams have […]