Must women never teach men in the church?

Photograph of Anne Graham Lotz (photo courtesy Wikipedia) By Spencer D. Gear An interpretation of I Timothy 2:9-15 A.  Introduction Raise the issue of women in ministry, particularly women pastors or preachers to a mixed audience of men and women, and you are likely to be howled down in many evangelical churches.  That has happened […]

Women wrongly closed down in ministry

(courtesy dear_theophilus) By Spencer D Gear (Catherine Booth, courtesy Wikipedia) Speaking of 1 Corinthians 14, N T Wright wrote that ‘what the passage cannot possibly mean is that women had no part in leading public worship, speaking out loud of course as they did so. This is the positive point that is proved at once […]

Amazing contemporary opposition to women in public ministry

Elizabeth Hooton Warren, 1600-1672 (public domain) By Spencer D Gear When traditional evangelicals, who are against women preachers/pastors, speak out, they can make statements like this: “Andronicus and Junia were probably not called apostles in Romans 16:7. This is the only verse where these “two men” are mentioned. They are said to be Paul’s kinsmen […]

Women in ministry: an overview of some biblical passages

By Spencer D. Gear I.    Introduction J. Hudson Taylor “founded the China Inland Mission as a faith mission in 1865, and by 1890 it embraced 40 percent of the missionaries of China.” [1a] It is now called the Overseas Missionary Fellowship.   J Hudson Taylor Courtesy Wikipedia “J. Hudson Taylor makes extraordinarily ample use of […]