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12 men and the inner circle

A common argument in the Christian leadership industry for Jesus’ example in choosing a “leadership team” (and against women in leadership) is pointing to the fact that the twelve disciples were all men. Jesus clearly demonstrated by example that the leaders in this new faith – and in his leadership “structure” – were men, right?… Continue reading 12 men and the inner circle

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changing minds about women in leadership

“How I Changed My Mind About Women in Leadership” is a new collection of essays on gender and roles by Dr. Alan Johnson of Wheaton College. It includes the stories of a wide range of scholars and evangelical leaders such as Bill & Lynne Hybels, who became converted to the position of biblical egalitarianism (biblical… Continue reading changing minds about women in leadership

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pastors and burnout

The New York Times is worried about pastors suffering from burnout. “The pastoral vocation is to help people grow spiritually, resist their lowest impulses and adopt higher, more compassionate ways. But churchgoers increasingly want pastors to soothe and entertain them. It’s apparent in the theater-style seating and giant projection screens in churches and in mission… Continue reading pastors and burnout

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the masculinity conundrum

For all its obsession with the world’s “leadership” hype, the church’s traditionally male leaders nevertheless suspect a creeping “masculinity crisis” in the church. While one could consider a crisis of this sort a reflection of leadership – (ahem) – today’s leaders seem to have taken one of two approaches: blame women for coming to church… Continue reading the masculinity conundrum

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why men should be excluded from leadership

I came across this post from a couple years back expecting it to be funny, and discovered it to be quite cleverly serious: “Top Ten Reasons Why Men Should Not be Ordained.” Reversing the arguments in any discussion of male/female issues can often shine a light on unacknowledged (and unsupported) bias – and it goes… Continue reading why men should be excluded from leadership

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tv & the 10 commandments

No, I’m not talking about Charlton Heston. In fact, ABC’s Nightline recently launched a series on The Ten Commandments. The perspectives are remarkably balanced, though rather than going through the commandments chronologically, they opted to start with #7 – thou shalt not commit adultery – obviously a “sexier” way to kick off a new series.… Continue reading tv & the 10 commandments