Since many of these same questions come up time and again, I thought I would create a FAQ page to address them in once place.
Are you a feminist?
First, define feminist. I’m not trying to be coy. People define “feminist” dozens of different ways so I would be foolish to simply say “yes” or “no.” If by feminist you mean that men and women have equal value before God, then yes. If you mean feminist in the angry man-hating way, then absolutely not.
So when people throw out the word “feminist” as though it will immediately undermine all of the excellent content both on this site and the sites I link to… It doesn’t carry any weight with me or with thinking Christians who read and comment here.
But, in short, I do not identify myself as a feminist or a Christian feminist.
Are you a progressive?
No, I am not. Not even remotely close.
How do you define egalitarian?
A biblical egalitarian is someone who believes the Bible teaches that men and women are of equal value and standing before God. Men and women should both function in the church based on the gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit, not according to gender. I get into more details in this post – I am a Conservative Biblical Egalitarian.
Why don’t you include the topics of homosexuality, transgenderism, etc. in your writings or allow them in the comments? Those issues impact women, too.
Yes, they do. However, this site has a very specific focus. My focus is helping conservative Christians think through the issues related to complementarianism and egalitarianism by understanding how to interpret various passages in the Scripture. There are others who feel called to wrestle publicly with the issues you have named. I do not.
You are writing these things so you can gain power in the church.
No, I’m not. In fact, chronic health problems make it likely I will never hold any leadership position in a church. I write these things because I want women to be free to use their gifts in the ekklesia whether that includes me or not.
Don’t you know what the Bible clearly/plainly says in (insert book, chapter, and verse)?
Yes, I am well aware of the “plain meaning of the text” arguments for all of the major passages. I am also well aware of the meaning of the major passages when taken in their context and studied out. I find in many cases the “plain meaning” of the text is not the most accurate meaning of the text.
What is your denominational background?
I was raised in the Baptist General Conference. My husband and I have taken a long and winding road through a number of denominations including the GARB and CRC. I would guess I am probably closest to being a Reformed Baptist in my views although I don’t think I would fit into many reformed baptist churches today. That long and winding path has at this time led me back to the Baptist General Conference (now called Converge).
Were you sexually abused so you ended up an egalitarian?
No, there is no sexual abuse in my background. My parents have been married over fifty years. They loved me and raised me to be a Christian. My husband is one of the kindest men you could meet. My father and husband have always encouraged me to be all that Christ created me to be.
Why are you shaming your head/husband by doing this?
My husband is my biggest supporter. We discuss all the content together as iron sharpening iron. He also created and maintains this website so we can work together to see women freed in the body of Christ.