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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310293154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310293156
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan F. Johnson (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Christian Ethics and Emeritus Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics (CACE) at Wheaton College. He is the author of commentaries on Paul’s letter to the Romans, 1 Corinthians, and Revelation and co-author with Robert Webber of What Christians Believe. He and his wife Marie reside in Warrenville, Illinois and have four daughters and nineteen grandchildren.

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Very easy to read and enjoyable book.
Benjamin B Nasmith
Reading this book highlighted for me how far I have come from my conservative upbringing to 1985 to now.
Ruth-Ann McKellin
Beyond a doubt, this book has truly cleared up the whole debate for me.
Lil' me

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Lil' me on January 17, 2011
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I am a female freshman in college and have studied the egalitarian/complementarian debate for over a year. I've read a lot of literature coming from many different backgrounds, even reading the original Greek of the New Testament for my own research.

Beyond a doubt, this book has truly cleared up the whole debate for me. I purchased a version to put on my Kindle, and I was so impressed I bought the paper book version to give to my searching friends. Regardless of what persuasion of the gender debate you come from, this book will be a gem. Not only did this book strength my believe in gender equality, women being fully engaged in Christ's ministry beside men but gave me a fresh view of what the gospel means. It has taught me on a deeper level what it means for a man to love his wife the way Christ loves the Church, and how radical to the core the gospel is for those who have no voice. This book did not make me fall in love with egalitarianism. It made me fall in love with God. This is a must-read for any believer who has struggled with gender roles in the Church and wants to find a way to serve the Church freely.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Joel Holtz VINE VOICE on November 14, 2010
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Whether you're a complimentarian or egalitarian, this book will bless you and challenge you to dig deeper into God's word.

This collection of some well known evangelicals, Tony Campolo, Bill and Lynne Hybels, and John Ortberg to name just a few, presents some very compelling arguments for the more "inclusive" view of women in leadership roles, both at home and in the church.

Two of the most compelling chapters are chapters 14 and 15, written by John and Nancy Ortberg and Cornelius Plantinga, respectively. Perhaps the most brilliant chapter in the entire book is I. Howard Marshall's, THE GOSPEL DOES NOT CHANGE BUT OUR PERCEPTION OF IT MAY NEED REVISION.

In chapter 18, Ron Sider astutely points out that in Paul's greetings written in Romans 16, he mentions more women co-workers than men. (pg.228)

Other contributors point out the fact that despite Paul instructing women to be silent in his letter to the Corinthians, he also instructs those women who prophesy to cover their heads.. the problem then becomes, how can you prophesy silently?

The most touching chapter in the book comes from Gilbert Bilezikian, who writes about the Armenian genocide from the early 1900's in chapter 3.

I'm probably still not a full fledged egalitarian.

But after reading this book, I'm alot closer to becoming one.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Donald Byron Johnson on December 16, 2010
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This is a wonderful collection of articles written from the heart about how some evangelical Christians went from believing that the Bible taught a male church hierarchy to believing that women can also be ministers in church. Some of the testimonies are very heart wrenching. As I was reading the Spirit several times emphasized some points the authors were making as very relevant in my personal life.

If you have been taught that male church hierarchy is the ONLY way to read the Bible faithfully, have some questions, and are wondering if there is a different way forward in your faith, then this book can be a glorious way to see what God is doing and can help heal you as God did heal many of the authors.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dan on May 22, 2012
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I am not all the way through this book, but have read enough to gain a positive impression of its form and content and to comment on its purpose and effectiveness. But first, a little about me:

I am an evangelical church attender who sat under complementarian church teaching (no women in pastoral leadership) for four years, but recently I have started attending a church that is egalitarian in its outlook (women teaching and preaching). The first time I sat under one of the women preaching there, my instinct was to leave the auditorium ("This isn't right...the Bible forbids it.") However, I ended up staying and listening, and I am glad I did. In fact, by the end of the sermon, I was tearing up. Clearly this woman was a powerful preacher. My criticism of her ministry seemed foolish.

The form of the book is to present story after story of ministry leaders and theologians whose minds were gradually changed about women in leadership. The accounts are not technical, but personal: honest testimonies about a change of convictions. Attention is paid to theology (analysis of favorable and challenging bible passages), but not too much. The affect is more like having lunch or coffee with the various authors than like taking a seminary class.

The book is effective in terms of what it intends to do. Those who attend churches where women are not allowed to teach and preach may not have the opportunity to meet and talk with someone who holds the egalitarian position. This book provides the opportunity. In the run of its pages, the reader becomes acquainted with real people who have come to believe that women have a place in ministry and to study a few justifications of this belief. Thereby, the egalitarian position becomes less "other," foreign, stigmatized, etc.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ruth-Ann McKellin on February 16, 2011
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This book is a marvelous compilation of (primarily) men changing their minds about women in (church) leadership because of their experiences. That's nice.

What is truly enlightening is stepping through the Bible passages with Dr. Bilezikian, the great forerunner in the discussion of women in the church. His book, Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says about a Woman's Place in Church and Family is a classic from 1985 and thoroughly dissects and analyzes the whole picture of women in the church, not just the few passages that are often bantered about and cause such dissention. Dr. B presents the best scholarly work and grapples with the positions of those who agree and those who disagree.

In this book, Dr. B presents his very personal walk through the issue of control and submission. His story gets to the heart of what women in the church have experienced. The extrapolation of how unquestioned control can destroy makes the topic bigger than petty discussions. His story in this book brought tears to my eyes.

Reading this book highlighted for me how far I have come from my conservative upbringing to 1985 to now. What a journey!
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