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Complementarianism and the Titanic?

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I have a deep and profound respect for John Piper. However, I was annoyed to see the following on my Twitter feed:

Taking a stand for your position is fine but using a tragedy that has nothing to do with the issue is ridiculous. Furthermore, Piper’s comment is a backhanded slap to men who are egalitarian since the clear inference here is that they really don’t value women and would protect their own lives before saving the lives of dying women.

Are men who believe that women, however valued and cherished they are, have no place in church leadership, more chivalrous? Bullstinky on that point. Sorry.

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April 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Piper’s “Masculine Feel” Gospel?

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Really, John?

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February 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

The Man-Centered Gospel of the Gospel Coalition & T4G

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I have been fairly quiet about the nonsensical remaking of the gospel that has taken place in my theological ghetto called the reformed world. While some Reformed theologians would have you believe that Bishop T.D. Jakes is one of the biggest threats to biblical Christianity, I believe one of the biggest threats is in fact a home-grown bushel of bullstinky I dis-affectionately call “The Man-Centered Gospel.”

Birthed partially out of a need to respond to the “evangelical feminism” or egalitarian folks from the likes of the CBE, Reformed folks like John Piper, Wayne Grudem, Mark Driscoll, and whoever else you can spot on a T4G or Gospel Coalition website have gone out of their way to make it very clear that men alone are called to lead both in the home and in the church.

Somehow, these well-meaning gentlemen, men whose love for Jesus is unquestioned (at least in my book), have wrapped complementarianism around the Cross and called it “the gospel”.

Should one’s support or opposition to complementarian or even egalitarian perspectives so mute the gospel of grace in and through Jesus Christ that they–and not the finished work of God the Son–be the standard by which we judge whether a Christian is “undermining the gospel” by not adhering to it?

I hope not.

Bottom line: anything sitting on the throne that ain’t Jesus doesn’t belong there. I contend that ministries like T4G and the GC have made an idol out of their own manhood to the extent that their gospel is as man-centered and graceless as any legalistic ministry one could think of.

Just a thought….

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January 29, 2012 at 1:32 am

Networking for Female Church Planters

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It’s about time.  I appreciated being invited to a semi-private Facebook group who is filling the void in cyberspace that we still struggle with in live space.

While church planting networks are great, 99% of the time, the planters are male and hence their gender-specific needs are addressed.  Women are only mentioned in context of who they are married to.  So it’s nice to hear from women and to listen to their wisdom of what it means to follow Jesus and preach the Word while still maintaining their most important ministry: their families.

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December 15, 2009 at 12:05 am

7 Questions: Women Church Planters

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I was surprised and pleased a couple of days ago when I received an email about an old blog post regarding women church planters. Linda Wurzbacher, lead pastor of Blessed Hope Community Church, responded and was kind enough to answer seven questions I posed to her about her experience as both a pastor and church planter. Pastor Wurzbacher is also started a group to nurture and encourage women church planters (Christ Driven Women). Look for their first conference September 24th & 25th, 2010!

7 Questions for Women Church Planters and Leaders

1. When did you discover God’s calling to pastor and plant a church?
I never made a decision that I wanted to be a pastor, I just came to the realization (revelation) that I was a pastor! I was leading a blossoming Mom’s group at my church at the time and we had an interim pastor. I couldn’t figure out why all these people were coming to me, calling me and standing in line on Sundays to talk to me! I thought it was so very odd. And then it hit me one day, people were coming to me as their pastor. That was sincerely a shocking revelation to me. I was just so in love with Jesus but I never saw myself as a pastor at all. That was the beginning. The story is long so for this venue I’ll simply tell you that I was later ordained at a local church and I had prayed about starting a church for about 8 years before God said: “NOW!”

2. Who were the people who most encouraged and challenged you in your calling?
I’d say my husband and son have always been my biggest encouragers for sure, especially as far as planting a church. As far as being in the role of a pastor, I felt very supported, and encouraged when I was on staff at a church as “Pastor of Women’s Ministries.” God seemed to anoint and bless so much of the ministry I did there, it really did knock my socks off to see so much fruit. The people there encouraged me in huge ways as did my former senior pastor in the beginning. Without that, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to do it. As far as who most challenged me in my calling, I’d say the list is too long to mention–ha! I think some of the other local male pastors were the toughest actually. When I’d attend local pastor gatherings, I felt excluded and treated as a definite un-equal. That was tough to take. As I said, I was so insecure anyway! There was a few that really went out of their way to make me feel welcomed though. Those pastors I will never forget.

3. What are some of the challenges that any church planter (male or female) encounter as they do God’s will?
Honestly, one of the hardest things for me to overcome has been my insecurity. It wasn’t that I doubted God’s calling on my life as much as I just doubted me. I felt insecure, unworthy and just afraid of messing up! The problem with all of that is I made it about me instead of keeping my focus on the fact that God was going to build His church His way. I think insecurity is often the biggest challenge for any church planter, regardless of gender. Sometimes it comes across as arrogance, but it’s still insecurity. Other than that, some of the classic church planter mistakes are always about putting people in positions too quickly. We get worn out and desparate in the beginning and we often don’t wait upon the Lord’s leading and direction. I’ve made such a mistake that almost destroyed our church.

4. What are some unique challenges women pastors/planters face and how do you deal with them?
Our church is located in a very highly populated Catholic area. We also have a lot of Calvary Chapel churches that are very vocal about how they feel about women in ministry. I’ve had people call me and email me and tell me all the reasons I should not be a pastor. Many of the people at our church have felt harrassed by family members and friends for having a female pastor. It also feels pretty lonely at times. There’s a lot less peers to connect with and as a non-denominational woman church planter, it’s really impossible.

5. How has serving the body of Christ as a pastor and planter impacted your marriage and family life?
I have an amazing husband so I am very blessed there! He has always been by my side through it all. It’s been tougher on him really. I didn’t start our church until the year my son went away to college and now that he’s graduated, he’s a pastor at our church so overall, I’d say that part has been very wonderful. We do ministry TOGETHER! 🙂

6. What is your life verse that strengthens you as you pursue God’s will?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philipians 4:13

7. What advice would you give women who feel called to plant and lead churches? What advice would you give to men in how to relate to them?
Just Do it! 🙂 Well, there is sooo much advice I would give. If they felt called to plant a church, I would tell them to go work / help a church plant in their area if they never have. They will learn sooo much from that experience. It’s the best training ground there is! I would tell them to count the cost because the cost is huge. It is twice as hard to be a woman church planter and it’s plenty hard for a man! I would tell them they need to make sure their husband is in it 100%! They may have to lead him to that point, but they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them. There’s so much more of course…but that’s my short answer.

As far as advice to other men, I’d tell them that they need to do everything they can to support a female pastor in ministry. Of course, there are healthy boundaries, yes. But they need to pray for women pastors and encourage & support them just as they would any sister in Christ!

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April 22, 2009 at 10:45 am

A Dramatic Twist on an Old Issue

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From Strive to Enter

This is especially for those who’ve always imagined what Paul would say if he were visiting a Driscollized church (yes, I said Driscollized).

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March 19, 2009 at 1:11 am