fbpx Book Review | CBE

Book Review

The Ministry of Women in the New Testament: Reclaiming the Biblical Vision for Church Leadership

Submitted by Margaret on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 13:31

Dorothy Lee’s work on ministering women displays exemplary research and is especially well written. It has affirmed and expanded many of my views; it has also challenged me and sparked my thinking. I will return to her work repeatedly. I have, in fact, already added this book to the required reading for an upcoming seminary course.

Preacher Woman: A Critical Look at Sexism without Sexists

Submitted by Margaret on Thu, 09/30/2021 - 09:53

Katie Lauve-Moon takes an in-depth look at congregations in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) as a case study highlighting the continued gender bias leading to underrepresentation of women in church leadership. Preacher Woman explores why congregations with inclusive theology and committed to gender equality continue to see poor outcomes for women in leadership. Many churches, including the CBF, are fully egalitarian yet only a small percentage of senior pastors are women (5 percent in CBF).

Imagining Equity: The Gifts of Christian Feminist Theology

Submitted by Margaret on Tue, 08/17/2021 - 10:25

Karen Strand Winslow opens her latest book with a rhetorically powerful introduction, challenging readers to “visualize no sexism” and to “imagine the history of the church with women of all races standing with their brothers on platforms of authority.”1 Winslow does not claim such a history would solve all problems, but she does insist it would have given us “a very different and better world” (1).

Surprising Steps in the Right Direction: A Review of the 2020 Christian Standard Bible

Submitted by Margaret on Tue, 08/17/2021 - 10:08

In 2017, Priscilla Papers reviewed the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), which is a revision of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). The review concluded:

The CSB makes some improvements over its ancestor, the HCSB . . . in its translation of gender language. In contrast, the various texts which tend to form and bolster a person’s view of women in Christian leadership tend strongly toward complementarian views.1

Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Spirit

Submitted by Margaret on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 13:23

In well over thirty years in debate with scholarly complementarians on the status and ministry of women and on the Trinity, I have been accused of rejecting the authority of the Bible, denying what the Bible clearly teaches on the man-woman and the divine Father-Son relationships, of being an “evangelical-feminist,” and even an Arian. While some theologians have been terribly uncharitable, I am delighted by the dignity of Matthew Barrett.

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine

Submitted by Margaret on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:52

One cannot ignore the impact of Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology upon conservative evangelicalism, especially as it relates to the evangelical gender debate. As co-founder of The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood1 and a significant face behind the complementarian-leaning English Standard Version, Grudem’s second edition (ST2 hereafter) merits a review in Priscilla Papers.

Christian Egalitarian Leadership: Empowering the Whole Church According to the Scriptures

Submitted by Margaret on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 11:20

Essay collections have been important to the thriving of evangelical egalitarianism over the last few decades. A key example is Women, Authority, and the Bible (IVP, 1986), edited by Alvera Mickelsen, the first board chair of CBE International. This volume assembled the voices of more than twenty evangelical scholars and was instrumental in articulating the theological and biblical case for egalitarianism.

The Headship of Men and the Abuse of Women: Are They Related in Any Way?

Submitted by Margaret on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 10:58

The saying goes that ideas have consequences and bad ideas have victims. Kevin Giles, a retired Australian Anglican minister of over forty years and long-time champion of the egalitarian movement, believes this is certainly true of male-headship teachings. Answering his title question in the affirmative, Giles forcefully argues that “headship teaching can encourage and legitimate domestic abuse and it must be abandoned if domestic abuse is to be effectively countered in our churches” (2).

Women in the Pulpit

Submitted by Margaret on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 09:20

President of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), Frances Elizabeth Willard (1839- 98) was one of the most influential women in the U.S. of her time. The WCTU, deemed one of the largest nineteenth-century women's organizations with 2 million members, had a three-pronged mission of abolition, suffrage, and temperance. Comprising an army of women, the WCTU had an outreach ministry to workers of many trades. Convert of a Methodist revival, Willard was a coworker of D. L. Moody.