With only one-tenth of the year complete, 2019 has already been a significant year regarding gender.
The publishing of my book, Why Can’t We Be Friends, on friendship between the sexes and the even greater calling and beauty of brotherhood and sisterhood in Christ has caused some controversy.
I am a woman in ministry, which is historically a man’s world. I am female in the traditionally male field of theology. I am an outlier, a statistical anomaly, an aberration.
This past year, the #MeToo movement has taught me that I need the type of self-examination that considers my gender. I need to pay attention to the stories of women and to my own story in a particular way. The church should, too.
In the first part of this book review of Mere Sexuality by Todd Wilson, we saw that Wilson’s stated purpose in the book is to recover “the themes that have characterized the Christian vision of sexuality down through the ages.”
For the person with gender dysphoria, much like Christ himself, no “how-to” manual on carrying the cross is provided. Only grace will be sufficient here.
So, if even the integration of Christian elements into adaptive coping doesn’t work for a dysphoric individual, what else does Christianity potentially bring to the discussion of coping? In this article, we will discuss the unique gifts God offers those within the Christian faith to support themselves and others in the midst of navigating these troubled waters in daily life.
This week iAt presents a 4-part series entitled, “Gender Dysphoria & the Question of Distinctly Christian Resources,” written by Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D. & Julia Sadusky, M.A.
If we want to make the world and the church a better place for women, we have to work institutionally. Whether a woman is a complementarian or an egalitarian, in whatever ways we can, we together call the institution of the church to recognize and empower the great work women are already doing.
The Christian blogosphere is inviting us to return to a doxological view of Christian authority—not one that forsakes traditional structures and the importance of accountability, but one that reminds us that all authority comes from Christ, and sometimes voices of truth are speaking from different sorts of pulpits.
So, essentially, there is the church, where you go to sit with all your children, trying to keep them from wiggling and running away, listening to a man exposit the Scriptures—however competently depends on so many variables—and then, when you wander out, there is not only the blogosphere, but now also the conferences and books and tribal pull of women gathering together to make their way through life.
Most in America are not aware that a National Women’s Soccer League exists, let alone who might play in it. And in fairness, many should get a pass on this. With the amount of sports televised today including reruns of any sport a person might want (or not), why should anyone care?
Perhaps no issue causes more consternation for parents than that of gender. There’s just so much anxiety around it all, and parents don’t know what they are responsible for or how much any of this matters to their child growing up to be a happy and healthy adult.
I’ve talked with many women who work as academics in the field of higher education, and in so doing I have come to realize that my experience as a professor is very different from their experience.
Did you see the Always #LikeAGirl Super Bowl XLIX commercial? Why does this commercial matter?