Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Robust, Careful Complementarianism

Readers of this blog will know that I believe the Bible teaches that men and women are fully equal in worth and value before God, co-heirs in salvation, and also have distinct roles in both the home and the church.  That teaching is often called "complementarianism," because the two genders complement each other as they live out their callings.

Not every Christian agrees on this, and there has been much confusion about the term.  And, sadly, complementarianism hasn't always been practiced in a robust and careful way, living out all of the rich contours of the biblical truth on gender in the complexity of modern life.

Last year, our EFCA leadership tackled this issue in a Theology Conference held at Trinity, my alma mater.  Speakers and panelists both affirmed complementarianism and critiqued its practice in our churches.  Great idea!

Panel Interaction (Note: The quality of the first session is poor)
Bibliographies representing various viewpoints.

But if you don't have or want to take the time to listen to all of that, our Ministerial Association just published an edited print version of the conference, especially the main lectures.  Very worth the time to read.