This is the question I have been asking myself for over a year. Is there a place online for conservative biblical egalitarians?
At one point a few months ago I decided the answer was a resounding no. I took down this website and redirected all of the links to one of my other websites. Every time I tried to find a Christian egalitarian tribe online and joined various groups, I felt compelled to leave. Parts of my faith and beliefs I valued were mocked or derided, even in a Christian setting. It was clear that a relatively conservative Christian who believes the Bible would not fit in very well. I found the vitriol and anger too much to engage with and read all the time. I left and focused on other parts of my life rather than this little ministry.
There were two things that made me put this site back up.
Reasons for This Quiet Egalitarian Place
The first is that someone specifically wrote and said he was using the site for research and was disappointed that it disappeared.
The second was when a number of other conservative egalitarian Christians said it was unfortunate I took it down since there are relatively few places online for conservative Christian laymen and laywomen to go to read if they are researching this topic. Many (most?) of the Christian egalitarian groups and websites are heavily progressive with a strong focus on social justice. That is their choice, but many conservative Christians are not going to end up in a group like that. Like me, their search for truth is not driven by the culture and the trends du jour. It is driven by a desire to understand what God has to say on these topics. I started this journey twenty years ago and it has nothing to do with cultural trends. It has everything to do with following Christ.
An Egalitarian Place for Christians to Read and Ponder
My husband and I put the website back up a few weeks ago. We’ve been updating things and getting it ready for me to write again. I’ve noticed as I watch the incoming traffic that there are many people who come and stay a long time. They read many posts, they take many outgoing links, etc. They never say anything or leave a comment. But they are reading. Like me many years ago, I am guessing they are searching for answers to the questions they have about women in the body of Christ.
Those are especially the people this site exists for. For the women and men who are earnestly searching for the truth and need a quiet place to do so. For the women and men who want to honor Christ with the way they live their life, regardless of what others say or think. For the women and men who take the Bible seriously and have an intense desire to know the truth and then live it out in practical ways.
I don’t have all the answers to all the questions. (When it comes to this topic, no one does no matter how much they might insist that they do because it is just all so obvious.) But I hope I can point people to thought-provoking reading, raise good questions, and help people sort out their beliefs on these topics.
So the answer to the question is… Yes! There is a place online for conservative Biblical egalitarians and those who are searching for answers. I hope the Lord will give you wisdom and discernment as you search and read. We may end up drawing different conclusions, but we’re still brothers and sisters in Christ and I’m glad you are here!
Understand What the Bible Really Says
What’s with Paul and Women?God’s Word to WomenWhat Paul Really Said About Women: The Apostle’s Liberating Views on Equality in Marriage, Leadership, and LoveI Suffer Not a Woman: Rethinking I Timothy 2:11-15 in Light of Ancient EvidenceHow I Changed My Mind about Women in Leadership: Compelling Stories from Prominent EvangelicalsPartners in Christ: A Conservative Case for EgalitarianismMan and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters