Women in Ministry: Introduction to “Those Passages” Devotions

Friends, Family, Web Browsers who have stumbled on the blog… It’s been a long time since I’ve made a post. It is long overdue, but this may not be the post you expect to bring you back. This semester, I have had the honor and privilege to begin seminary studies at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. One of the classes I have taken is called “Women in Ministry” with Dr. Karoline Lewis. In this class we have studied – please tell me you can guess this, friends! – Women in Ministry. We’ve talked about their strength and abilities as well as their obstacles and the push-back received.

It’s been enlightening and empowering to share with other women our struggles and how we overcome them. To support one another has been a blessing.

What you’ll read over the next few days are my thoughts and theological interpretations of some of “those passages” in the Bible and giving some chance for meditation and reflection on the subject.  Even if you don’t claim Christianity as a part of your identity, it won’t shock you that there is sexism in church leadership. There are passages in the Bible that others use to clobber the women leaders in their midst.

The thing is, women are also called into vocational ministry just like some men are called to be stay-at-home dads. God uses us all in different and unique ways.

My prayer in the coming days of posts is that we can all reflect on who we have been created to be, that the Holy Spirit works in and through us to help us to be open and understanding of God’s creation.

I hold tightly to a belief of mutual ministry. I feel strongly that we have been created not to work against one another, but with. Regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, or any other difference, we are united through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What does the church look like if we hold tightly to one another and say that together we form the Body of Christ, rather than insisting that one class of individual holds more power than another?

Note: The aforementioned post and series is being written to complete class requirements for the online section of Women in Ministry in the spring of 2018, as taught by Dr. Lewis at Luther Seminary. While these posts are being written as a final assignment, the author’s hope is to both edify and provide opportunities for spiritual growth for readers. 

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