Yesterday, for several different reasons, I re-blogged an old post of mine entitled: “In Christ, a wall has been built between men and women?”
Today I wanted to share the description of a book on a related topic that will be released in May 2020. I’m excited about this book and even pre-ordered a copy! I have never pre-ordered a book before! (How about you?)
The book is: Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose by Aimee Byrd. To be published by Zondervan in May 2020. Book’s description (bold added by me):
“While evangelicalism dukes it out about who can be church leaders, the rest of the 98% of us need to be well equipped to see where we fit in God’s household and why that matters. Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is a resource to help church leaders improve the culture of their church and disciple men and women in their flock to read, understand, and apply Scripture to our lives in the church. Until both men and women grow in their understanding of their relationship to Scripture, there will continue to be tension between the sexes in the church. Church leaders need to be engaged in thoughtful critique of the biblical manhood and womanhood movement and the effects it has on their congregation.
Do men and women benefit equally from God’s word? Are they equally responsible in sharpening one another in the faith and passing it down to the next generation? While radical feminists claim that the Bible is a hopelessly patriarchal construction by powerful men that oppresses women, evangelical churches simply reinforce this teaching when we constantly separate men and women, customizing women’s resources and studies according to a culturally based understanding of roles. Do we need men’s Bibles and women’s Bibles, or can the one, holy Bible guide us all? Is the Bible, God’s word, so male-centered and authored that women need to create their own resources to relate to it? No! And in it, we also learn from women. Women play an active role as witnesses to the faith, passing it on to the new generations.
This book explores the feminine voice in Scripture as synergistic with the dominant male voice. Through the women, we often get the story behind the story–take Ruth for example, or the birth of Christ through the perspective of Mary and Elizabeth in Luke. Aimee fortifies churches in a biblical understanding of brotherhood and sisterhood in God’s household and the necessity of learning from one another in studying God’s word…”
⇒ See the Zondervan link for the rest of the book description.
Aimee Byrd has authored several other books.
I reviewed one here:
I also wanted to share and elaborate slightly upon some thoughts I casually shared with someone who commented on yesterday’s post:
While I identify as egalitarian, I can blend in with soft complementarians quite well. (And because of that I am suspect among some egalitarians! But some complementarians also distrust me because I identify as egalitarian!) But a number of soft comps are very concerned with how the church limits women, and they use biblically sound arguments to advance women in the church, but not going so far as ordination or being a senior pastor. I think soft comps and egals can be (and should be) allies! But unfortunately, for some on both sides it is “all or nothing” and they won’t be friends or allies. They refuse to acknowledge the spectrum of views. Sadly, in my opinion. But I’ll cease what could turn into a long ramble…