Can women teach men the Bible? Should they preach on a Sunday morning from the pulpit? In a co-ed Sunday school class? A mixed small group setting? Is it ok if she is teaching “under the authority of the elders”? Mary Kassian does an exceptional job of taking on this controversial topic from a biblical perspective in this article, “Women Teaching Men – How Far is Too Far?” She offers much to think about and helpful questions to consider on this subject. Check out the full article here.
I had the immense privilege of attending the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Pre-Conference and Together for the Gospel Conference a few weeks ago. While there were many highlights of exemplary teaching and Christ-centered worship, this talk by Kevin DeYoung would have to be my favourite. Walking through the significant roles of women in Exodus 1 and 2, DeYoung does an exceptional job of expository teaching while he affirms the value of motherhood. It is a beautiful tribute for all of those women who care for children and minister to point them to Christ. You can also check out the other CBMW Pre-Conference talks here.
Carolyn Mahaney is a pastor’s wife, women’s ministry leader, author, and speaker with decades of experience. This book uses Titus 2 as outline for how to develop godliness as a wife and mother. Mahaney adds personal examples and the stories of other women to demonstrate the significant impact this small passage in the Bible has had through applying it to her life. She spends one chapter each on the seven aspects outlined in Titus 2: loving my husband, loving my children, self-control, purity, working at home, kindness, and submission. She also includes a study guide with questions.
This is a powerful clip describing Biblical Womanhood by Pastor John Piper from his talk at the 2008 True Woman Conference. The main sessions were also published in the book, Voices of the True Woman Movement: A Call to the Counter-Revolution, edited by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
This is a foundational chapter in the book, as Piper builds a passionate case from Scripture on the amazing and powerful ways God has created male and female to reflect his character and Trinity. He astutely observes that “wimpy theology makes wimpy women,” and challenges women to embrace the sovereign plans of the God of the universe. Piper addresses both single and married women to argue that it brings the most glory to Christ when we strive to reflect God’s original design for us as women.
Check out the entire talk here.
Courtney Reissig introduces the term Accidental Feminist to describe how she and so many Christian women unknowingly adopt feminist thinking because it is so pervasive in the surrounding culture. She identifies the growing problem of women who are confused about their roles and are unfamiliar or insecure with the concept of biblical womanhood. Reissig offers seven chapters discussing a variety of Scriptures to present God’s good design for women in the home and church. This book identifies a critical issue which must become a growing concern to be addressed in the Church if we are going to take the Great Commission seriously.
Dr. Margaret Kostenberger provides an academic treatment of the interaction of the feminist movement and the person of Jesus Christ. She considers radical feminism, reformist feminism, evangelical feminism and how each wave has impacted the church. She argues that responsible hermeneutics are key to being able to give a sound answer to the question posed by Jesus, “Who Do You Say That I Am?” She also includes helpful appendices on feminist scholarship as it relates to the person of Christ, and the goals and steps of responsible exegesis.
In this book, Dr. Andreas Kostenberger and Dr. Margaret Kostenberger have effectively compiled an biblical-theological survey of God’s unique design and calling for men and women. While they give attention to the passages typically associated with the complementarian egalitarian debate, they provide a much more comprehensive presentation of the overall patterns in Scripture which affirm the distinction of roles. In addition, they provide helpful appendices on the three waves of feminism and on the value and strategies of responsible hermeneutics. This is an excellent resource and foundational for a biblical understanding of the complimentarian position.
In this clip, Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss discuss the importance of cultivating discernment among women. They challenge us to prioritize time to study and learn the Scriptures on our own, in community, and under sound teaching. We develop right thinking by immersing ourselves in God’s Word, which then informs and guides us to make choices that lead to right living.
This clip is part of a new series, True Woman 201: Interior Design, which is a study on ten elements of biblical womanhood. This is the second study in the series, the first of which was True Woman 101: Divine Design. The 201 series is a study in the book of Titus and calls women to an extreme interior makeover of our hearts according to the Bible for the glory of God. The topics covered include: discernment, honor, affection, discipline, virtue, responsibility, benevolence, disposition, legacy, and beauty. In addition to the book, there are weekly videos and leader resources for large or small group study.
Mary Kassian is author, speaker, and professor of women’s studies at Southern Baptist Seminary. Nancy Leigh Demoss is author, speaker, and ministers to women through the ministry “Revive our Hearts”. See the True Woman 101 and True Woman 201 resources here:
In the book of Titus, Paul is writing to help this pastor establish a healthy church. After describing the qualifications for elders, Paul gives instructions about discipleship. In chapter 2, Paul exhorts Titus to teach what accords with sound doctrine to three groups: older men, older women, and younger men. Notice that the elders are not being called to equip the younger women. Rather, it is the older women who are to be identified and equipped to teach the younger women “what is good”. We see in Titus 2:4-5 that the older women are to train young women according to sound doctrine in seven areas: to love their husband, to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and to be submissive to their own husbands.
My heart is burdened to see this type of intentional discipleship become a reality in the Church. Lord willing, I hope to spend a significant amount of time in the years ahead studying, praying, and considering ways to support this vision among God’s people. I am excited to begin more intensive research and writing in this area, and I am so glad to see valuable resources emerging with the same goals in mind. Ultimately our hope is that we might gain wisdom from the Scriptures to bring God the most glory by making more and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ.
This is an excellent article written this past fall by Thabiti Anyabwile, “The Most Neglected Part of the Pastor’s Job Description“. He acknowledges that he has rarely seen churches who have elders that are intentionally discipling the older women in their congregations. Anyabwile raises awareness of the exhortation in Titus 2, and suggests that this is a vital ministry that is being overlooked. Finally, he offers some practical suggestions on how to take steps toward developing this elder led, biblical model of women’s discipleship. See the article here at “The Gospel-Centered Woman”.