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Don't Fight The Wrong Battles by Cheryl McGrath. The biggest battle raging is not outside of us, but within. Cheryl challenges us to live out the life denied to generations of women who’ve gone before us. Again, it is God who we serve and God who must both cover us and equip us for service. “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you that authority?” Whether this question comes in the subtle form of raised eyebrows and disapproving glares, or is shouted from the pulpit, still it will certainly come.
Empirical Data in Support of Egalitarian Marriages and A Fresh Perspective on Submission and Authority by Dennis J. Preato. Groundbreaking material that calls on the church to look at the positive data on the egalitarian marriage as opposed to the traditional male headship structure. Included is a look at the biblical meaning of the word translated submission. Don't miss this one. It's fantastic.
Who's the Boss? by Drs. Eddie & Susan Hyatt. Who's the Boss gives 3 reasons why Ephesians 5:21-33 is not about authority in marriage. This article is a brief summation of the arguments presented in the Hyatt's new book by the same name.
Uncovering the Covering Doctrine by Cheryl McGrath. We have been impressed with other articles from her pen, but this one is not to be missed. It is long but worth your time. Cheryl brings both a strong educational background and years of experience to her topic. Her stated purpose is to shed some light on this issue based on scriptural truth.
Equal in Creation, Male and Female Created to Co-labor with God by Fuchsia T. Pickett. The church has long misunderstood God's divine plan for the genders. He never intended for man to rule over woman. This article is reprinted with the gracious permission of Fuchsia Pickett and the magazine Spirit Led Woman published by Strang Communications
Government of the Garden by Cindye Coates. This article proposes that if we look to Genesis, we will find the original blue print of how God designed Kingdom Order and a Redemptive Government! The key word here is redemptive; needed since traditional church government remains a fallen hierarchal system and Jesus has redeemed us from the fall.
To Be Ordained or Not to Be -- That is the Question! by Barbara Collins. The word "ordain" is definitely scriptural and usually means simply "chosen" or "selected." But does ordination become a real drawback when the designation "clergy" is a distinction that lifts one out of the true brother/sister position and puts one "over" instead of "along with" the "lay" people.
The Head in the Epistles by Berkeley and Alvera Mickelsen. What did the apostle Paul mean when he wrote, "For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body" (Eph. 5:23)? And, "The head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God" (I Cor. 11:3) This classic article challenges traditional interpretation of the word "head" in these scriptures!
Why Modern Patriarchy Is Not Biblical by Kathryn J. Riss. Th.M. This article details the continuing problems brought on by patriarchy in modern society and provides biblical evidence that patriarchy is not God's idea.
A Woman's Place by Bernadine Tillman. This article is the introduction and first chapter of the book A Woman's Place which contains insights and experiences from two years of a Bible study based on God's Word to Women. This book offers a fresh bold view and is a testimony to God's faithfulness to those who seek truth.