Should women be “in the ministry”? Should women lead in the church? Often these questions are settled on the basis of just a couple passages of the Bible that seem to speak directly to the matter. Some judge those passages to limit and restrict women. Others conclude they reflect cultural views that have no relevance for the 21st century. The former answer, “No!” The latter answer, “Yes!” And neither approach is adequate.
Bishop David Kendall argues that these questions can only be answered adequately by reading the Bible as we have it, as essentially a story about a world created well and good, committed to the care of the human beings, male and female, ruined by foolish and errant human choices, and then re-directed and redeemed by God who enters the story. His reading offers a coherent and compelling YES to both questions and urges us to Follow Her Lead.
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