Is Learning from Women Essential for Pastoral Competence?

Woman teacher

Like so many others, I’ve listened to Pastor John Piper’s statement that women should not be allowed to teach at seminaries because they would assume a pastoral position of authority above men who are being trained to pastor. Buried within his response is the statement,

The issue, as always, is not the competence of women teachers or intelligence or knowledge or pedagogical skill. It’s never competence!

I believe that competence is an important issue of consideration in the home, church, and seminary leadership. For that wisdom, we need to look to our most competent head of the church, the pastor and high priest, Jesus, who models the seminary teaching office for everyone.

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The Best of the Year & The Way Ahead for 2014!

The year is drawing to a close and it has been a wonderful time of learning, growing, sharing, and writing. I will be taking a Sabbatical over the next few days and look forward to connecting with you in the New Year. There are some exciting things on the horizon and I can’t wait to share.

What to Expect in 2014?

In January, I will start my final independent study and blog series on the topic of biblical justice. I plan to continue some of my regular topics on Mondays, but will primarily be focusing on various justice topics and introducing you to a few new friends who care deeply about this topic. As part of this series, we will also have a “Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery” chapter-by-chapter book discussion on Tuesdays beginning January 7, 2014. I hope you will join in.

In the meantime, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Here are highlights from the year to keep you company as you hopefully enjoy some days of rest:

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#RacialRec: Bloodlines Summary ~ Assess, Believe, and Change

As I close with a summary of our Bloodlines discussion, I want to first thank Trillia for sharing her insights, personal experiences, and convictions to this conversation. I thank her for raising her voice as an African American woman, wife, mother, and disciple of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Piper closes the book with several appendices, one of which is entitled “How and Why Bethlehem Baptist Church Pursues Ethnic Diversity.” I have never worshiped at Bethlehem Baptist Church so I have absolutely no clue what actually goes on there. It does seem, at least from Dr. Piper’s writings, that the right people (leadership) are asking the right questions on how to pursue racial reconciliation within their local church.

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