Gender Issues

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Mailbag #50: Does Genesis 2 Call Women to “Help” All Men?

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.03.2017

— Looking at Genesis 2:18–20, would you say women are designed to help their husbands or everyone with a special focus on their husbands?

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Mailbag #45: Transgender Pronouns & Marrying an Egalitarian Couple

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.16.2016

— When talking to transgender friends or family members, which pronoun should I use? — How would you handle the pre-marital counseling of an egalitarian couple?

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Book Review: Word-Filled Women’s Ministry, ed. by Gloria Furman and Kathleen Nielson

Review by Jamie Dunlop | 10.16.2015

This book reshapes our view of “women’s ministry” toward a more biblical “ministry among women” for which we should all be deeply thankful.

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Book Review: The Accidental Feminist, by Courtney Reissig

Review by E. Bratcher | 09.08.2015

This book helpful addresses these questions: Can God be trusted? Can God’s design and purpose for you be the most fulfilling thing in your life? Is God’s Word really that trustworthy and authoritative?

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Book Review: The Pastor’s Wife, by Gloria Furman

Review by Kristie Anyabwile | 08.06.2015

It’s clear from the first pages that the main character of this book is Christ, and the pastor, his wife, their family and church are all supporting players.

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Preaching to Women: Things for a Pastor to Consider

By Erin Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.18.2015

Like all Christians, women need the ammunition of the gospel for another week of battle in this hostile world.

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Can Women Teach Under the Authority of Elders?

By Jonathan Leeman | 05.22.2015

Jonathan Leeman continues a conversation with John Piper, Tim Keller, John Frame, Tom Schreiner, and others.

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The Doctrine of the Church in a Post-Indiana America 

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.10.2015

The doctrine of the church is about to prove itself as important as ever in the history of America. Churches where that doctrine is weak, I fear, will soon look like what Proverbs calls a city without walls.

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A Brief History of Complementarian Literature

By Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism & the Local Church | 03.19.2015

Just as the Reformation constituted a mighty preaching and writing engine, so evangelical complementarianism has produced many millions of words that have revived and strengthened God’s church.

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Complementarianism as a Worldview 

By Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism & the Local Church | 03.19.2015

Complementarianism has explanatory power on a range of major, life-shaping matters. But more than this, it has apologetic power, both in the living of this doctrine, and the speaking.

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My Journey to Complementarianism

By GraceAnna Castleberry | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism & the Local Church | 03.19.2015

You will be the first and primary example to your children of God’s intentions for marriage and family.

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Pastors’ Forum: How do you equip women in your church for ministry?

By B. Johnson, D. Furman, G. Conner, J. Rinne, J. Sanchez, M. McConnell, M. McKinley, P. Martin, R. Fullerton, T. Mercer | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism & the Local Church | 03.19.2015

How do you equip women in your church for ministry?

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Why Complementarianism Is Crucial to Discipleship

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism & the Local Church | 03.18.2015

You can maintain belief in the gospel apart from a complementarian conception of discipleship, but your vision of discipleship will work against such belief, not for it.

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Four Truths About Complementarian Marriage

By Gavin Peacock | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism & the Local Church | 03.17.2015

Here are four biblical truths pastors should teach with respect to marriage, manhood, and womanhood, not just for the sake of marriage, but for the sake of the gospel.

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The Egalitarian Impulse in the Black Church

By Steven Harris | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism & the Local Church | 03.12.2015

This present problem of gender roles in the black church is rooted in past pain.